Gladiolus sericeovillosus Hook. f.
subsp. calvatus (Baker) Goldblatt

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Synonyms: Gladiolus dehnianus Merxm.
Gladiolus elliotii sensu auct.
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Status: Native
Plant up to 1 m tall. Foliage leaves 5-7, mostly basal, exceeding the spike by up to twice its length; margins and midrib strongly thickened and hyaline. Spike erect, strongly distichous, 12-20-flowered. Flowers rather dull in colour, pale grey-green to cream, speckled with minute dark red to maroon points.
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Habitat: Open tall grassland or light woodland in well-drained soils.
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Worldwide distribution: Zimbabwe and South Africa
Zimbabwe distribution: C,E,S
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Goldblatt, P. (1993). Iridaceae Flora Zambesiaca 12(4) Pages 87 - 88. (Includes a picture).

Goldblatt, P. (1996). Gladiolus in Tropical Africa Timber Press. Portland, Oregon. Pages 204 - 206. (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 358 - 359. as Gladiolus sericeovillosus

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Gladiolus sericeovillosus
African Plant Database: Gladiolus sericeovillosus
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Gladiolus sericeovillosus
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Gladiolus sericeovillosus
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JSTOR Plant Science: Gladiolus sericeovillosus
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Gladiolus sericeovillosus
Plants of the World Online: Gladiolus sericeovillosus
Tropicos: Gladiolus sericeovillosus
Wikipedia: Gladiolus sericeovillosus

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Gladiolus sericeovillosus subsp. calvatus., retrieved 25 May 2024

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