African Plant Database

Gladiolus laxiflorus Baker
Protologue : Trans. Linn. Soc. London, Bot. 1(5): 268 (1880 [1878])
Information on the genus : Gladiolus
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Gladiolus tritonioides Baker
=Gladiolus trichophyllus Diels
=Gladiolus antunesii Baker
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Herb 20-70 cm tall; corm 2,5-3 cm Ø, usually dark red, persisting for some years; leaves 3-6, 2-4 basal, with blades emerging around anthesis, to 35 cm long, sparsely pubescent at least on sheaths; stem frequently branched; spike 6-9-flowered; bracts 1-2 cm long; flowers purple to pinkish; tepals ± unequal, the upper largest, 3-3,5 cm long; tube c. 1 cm long, tepals spreading outward from close to base.
Ecology : Wet habitats: marshes, seasonally flooded valley grassland, stream banks; 1350-2300 m alt.
  Poorly preserved specimens confused with G. unguiculatus.

Bibliography for Southern Africa :
  • Fl. Pl. South Africa 33: t.1287 (1959).
  • LEBRUN, J. P. & A. L. STORK (1995). Enumération des plantes à fleurs d’Afrique tropicale. Monocotyledones: Limnocharitaceae à Poaceae. Énum. Pl. Fleurs Afr. Trop. 3: 89-92
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carte afrique num 21241
Record n°21241
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