Gladiolus permeabilis D. Delaroche
subsp. edulis (Burch. ex Ker Gawl.) Oberm.

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Gladiolus permeabilis subsp. edulis

Photo: Bryan Orford
Gumtree, Bulawayo

Gladiolus permeabilis subsp. edulis

Photo: Bryan Orford
Gumtree, Bulawayo

Gladiolus permeabilis subsp. edulis

Photo: Bryan Orford
Gumtree, Bulawayo

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Synonyms: Gladiolus remotiflorus Baker
Common names:
Status: Native
Perennial herb, 30-60 cm high growing from a corm, 10-12 mm in diameter. Basal leaves linear, up to 3 mm wide, usually shorter or as long as the stem. Upper leaves along the stem, shorter than basal leaves, often almost entirely sheathing. Inflorescence a 4-8-flowered spike. Flowers, whitish, cream, greyish or mauve, flushed with greyish-blue on the upper tepal; the keels dark purple or maroon; lower lateral tepalsyellow in the upper half. Tepals all narrowing into a long tail-like tip. Viewed from the side, the flowers show a typical "window" between the upper and lateral tepals. The flowers are intensely and sweetly scented.
Derivation of specific name: permeabilis: "allowing to pass through", referring to the gap between the upper tepal and the lateral tepals.
edulis:edible, referring to an observation made by explorer William Burchell that the corms were eaten by
Habitat: In grassland and Acacia woodland, usually on sandy soils.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Feb - Apr
Worldwide distribution: Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe. Swaziland and South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: W,C,E,S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Monday 3 March 2014

Goldblatt, P. (1993). Iridaceae Flora Zambesiaca 12(4) Page 75.

Goldblatt, P. (1996). Gladiolus in Tropical Africa Timber Press. Portland, Oregon. Pages 169 - 172. (Includes a picture).

Kirby, G. (2013). Wild Flowers of Southeast Botswana Struik Nature, Cape Town South Africa Page 91. (Includes a picture).

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 92.

Pooley, E. (1998). A Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Region. Natal Flora Publications Trust. Durban. Pages 112 - 113. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 125.


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-17

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2017). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Gladiolus permeabilis subsp. edulis., retrieved 28 February 2017

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