Gladiolus unguiculatus Baker

Selected images: Click on each image to see a larger version and details of the record View all images (5)

Gladiolus unguiculatus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Borrowdale Common, Harare

Gladiolus unguiculatus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Borrowdale Common, Harare

Gladiolus unguiculatus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Borrowdale Common, Harare

Detailed records: Display species records QDS maps by: Google Maps Point records by Google Maps

Species details: Click on each item to see an explanation of that item (Note: opens a new window)

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
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species:
Spot characters: Display spot characters for this species

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.

Chapano, C., Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 18. As Gladiolus oatesii

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).

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.

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

Other sources of information about Gladiolus unguiculatus:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Gladiolus unguiculatus
Flora of Malawi: Gladiolus unguiculatus
Flora of Mozambique: Gladiolus unguiculatus
Flora of Zambia: Gladiolus unguiculatus

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Gladiolus unguiculatus
African Plant Database: Gladiolus unguiculatus
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Gladiolus unguiculatus
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Gladiolus unguiculatus
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Gladiolus unguiculatus
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Gladiolus unguiculatus
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Gladiolus unguiculatus
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Gladiolus unguiculatus
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Gladiolus unguiculatus
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Gladiolus unguiculatus
Ispot Southern Africa: Gladiolus unguiculatus
JSTOR Plant Science: Gladiolus unguiculatus
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Gladiolus unguiculatus
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Gladiolus unguiculatus
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Gladiolus unguiculatus
The Plant List (version 1.1): Gladiolus unguiculatus
Tropicos: Gladiolus unguiculatus

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-18

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2018). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Gladiolus unguiculatus., retrieved 18 October 2018

Site software last modified: 26 March 2018 2:01pm (GMT +2)
Terms of use