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Gladiolus magnificus (Harms) Goldblatt
Information on the genus : Gladiolus
Basionym : Antholyza magnifica Harms
Status for SA : accepted (present)
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Antholyza magnifica Harms
 Petamenes magnificus (Harms) R.C. Foster
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Chasmanthe spectabilis (Schinz) N.E. Br.
=Antholyza spectabilis Schinz (1900)
=Petamenes spectabilis (Schinz) E. Phillips (1941)
=Petamenes zambesiaca (Baker) N.E. Br.
=Oenostachys zambesiacus (Baker) Goldblatt
=Antholyza zambesiaca Baker (1892)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Herb 0,8-1,4 m tall; corm depressed globose, 2-3 cm Ø; leaves 5-7, 4-5 basal and longest, blades 6-9 mm wide; stem simple; spike 6-15-flowered; bracts 2,5-3,5 cm long; flowers bright red with yellow markings on lower tepals and in throat; tube 2,5-3 cm long, expanded near top of bracts; tepals very unequal, the dorsal largest 3,5-4,2 cm long and 1,8-2,2 cm wide; upper lateral tepals 1,3-1,5 cm long; capsule and seeds unknown.
Ecology : Light woodland or forest clearings in sandy soil, often with tall grasses; forest on river banks; Baikiaea woodland; c. 1200 m alt.
  Resembling a tall slender variant of G dalenii.
South. Afr.
Biol./Eco : perennial-Herb, Geophyte- Ht 0.8 - 1.4 m. Alt: ? - 1005 m. Distribution: BOT

Bibliography for Southern Africa :
  • Gladiolus Southern Afr. : (1998).
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Record n°21254
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