Gladiolus unguiculatus Baker

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Gladiolus unguiculatus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Borrowdale Common, Harare

Gladiolus unguiculatus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Borrowdale Common, Harare

Gladiolus unguiculatus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Borrowdale Common, Harare

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Synonyms: Gladiolus brevicaulis Baker
Gladiolus brevifolius sensu Eyles
Gladiolus oatesii Rolfe
Common names:
Frequency: Frequent
Status: Native
Perennial herb, growing from corms. The leaves develop on separate shoots after the flowering has finished. Up to 18 flowers in the inflorescence, varying in colour from deep purple on the upper tepals to nearly white on the lower tepals, each marked with a dark spear-shaped blotch. Viewed from the side, the flowers show a typical "window" between the upper and lateral tepals. See Gladiolus atropurpureus for comparison.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In seasonally wet areas of grassland.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Oct - Dec
Worldwide distribution:
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
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Endemic status:
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Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 210 - 211. (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 310.

Goldblatt, P. (1993). Iridaceae Flora Zambesiaca 12(4) Pages 76 - 79. (Includes a picture).

Goldblatt, P. (1996). Gladiolus in Tropical Africa Timber Press. Portland, Oregon. Pages 119 - 124. (Includes a picture).

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


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Gladiolus unguiculatus., retrieved 28 October 2016

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