1311.000 Gladiolus L. - Gladioluses


Goldblatt, P. (1996) Gladiolus in Tropical Africa Timber Press. Portland, Oregon.

Description of the genus

Perennial herbs, dying back each year, with corms. Inflorescence a spike with secund flowers. Flowers zygomorphic; tepals united into a perianth tube. Style branches expanded above (i.e. broader towards apex) and sometimes 2-lobed at the apex. Fruit a capsule, slightly inflated. Seeds broadly winged.

Derivation of name: 'Little sword' (Latin) referring to the flattened sword-shaped leaves

Worldwide: c. 250 species in Europe, Mediterranean area, tropical African mountains, South Africa and Madagascar

Botswana: 8 taxa.

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
dalenii Van Geel subsp. dalenii NDescription, Image
ecklonii Lehm. subsp. rehmannii (Baker) Oberm.SE
elliotii BakerSE
magnificus (Harms) GoldblattNDescription, Image
permeabilis D. Delaroche subsp. edulis (Burch. ex Ker Gawl.) Oberm.N,SEDescription, Image
pretoriensis KuntzeSE
rubellus GoldblattSE
unguiculatus BakerSEDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Gladiolus:

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Flora of Caprivi: Gladiolus
Flora of Malawi: Gladiolus
Flora of Mozambique: Gladiolus
Flora of Zambia: Gladiolus
Flora of Zimbabwe: Gladiolus
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Gladiolus

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Gladiolus
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Gladiolus
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Gladiolus
Wikipedia: Gladiolus
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Gladiolus
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Gladiolus

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-22

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2022). Flora of Botswana: Genus page: Gladiolus.
https://www.botswanaflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=389, retrieved 6 July 2022

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