African Plant Database

Gladiolus permeabilis subsp. edulis (Burch. ex Ker Gawl.) Oberm.
Information on the genus : Gladiolus
Basionym : Gladiolus edulis Burch. ex Ker Gawl.
Status for SA : accepted (present)
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Gladiolus edulis Burch. ex Ker Gawl.
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Gladiolus remotifolius Baker
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Herb 30-60 cm tall; corm 1-1,2 cm Ø; leaves 3-6, the lower 2-3 inserted at or below ground level, linear, 1-3 mm wide; stem simple or branched; spike 4-8-flowered; bracts 0,7-1,2 cm long; flowers whitish to dull cream, grey or mauve, flushed with grey-blue on the dorsal tepal; tube 0,8-1,2 cm long; tepals unequal, long-attenuate, the upper 3 narrowed into claws beneath and the cusps often twisted; in profile the flower is windowed (gaping between bases of dorsal and upper lateral tepals, hence permeabilis; in profile one can see through the flower, a character shared with G. fenestratus and G. unguiculatus). The subspecies is distinctive in its linear leaves, small intensely fragrant pale flowers, long-apiculate tepals with dark median streaks.
Ecology : Usually on sandy soils in grassland and Acacia woodland; c. 900 m alt.
South. Afr.
Biol./Eco : perennial-Herb, Geophyte- Ht 0.3 - 0.6 m. Alt: 155 - 2440 m. Distribution: BOT, LES, NAM, FS, GA, KN, LP, SWZ

Bibliography for Southern Africa :
  • Fl. Pl. South Africa 26: t.1017 (1947).
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