African Plant Database

Gladiolus sericeovillosus subsp. calvatus (Baker) Goldblatt
Protologue : Fl. Zambes. 12(4): 88 (1993)
Information on the genus : Gladiolus
Basionym : Gladiolus ludwigii var. calvatus Baker
Status for SA : accepted (present)
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Gladiolus ludwigii var. calvatus Baker (1896)
 Gladiolus sericeovillosus f. calvatus (Baker) Oberm. (1972)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Gladiolus rigidifolius Baker (1904)
=Gladiolus dehnianus Merxm.
=*Gladiolus elliotii auct.
=Gladiolus sericeovillosus var. glabrescens L. Bolus (1928)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Herb 0,35-1 m tall; corm globose, 2,5-3 cm Ø; leaves 5-7, mostly basal, linear, exceeding the spike sometimes by twice as much, 3-8 mm wide, usually microscopically pubescent on sheaths and often on lower parts of blades, margins and midrib strongly thickened; spike distichous, erect; bracts 1,5-3 cm long, soft-textured; flowers pale grey-green to cream with tepals densely speckled with minute dark red to maroon points, these often concentrated in the midline of each tepal, the lower laterals yellow-green in lower half.
Ecology : Open tall grassland; light woodland in well-drained soils; granite sand; rocky grassland; c. 1200 m alt.
  Flowers adapted for bee pollination (see Goldblatt & al., Ann. Missouri Bot. Gard. 85: 492, 494, 1998).
South. Afr.
Biol./Eco : perennial-Herb, Geophyte- Ht 0.35 - 0.9 states: LP, MP

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • Exell, A. & Wild, H. (1993). Flora Zambesiaca: Mozambique, Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland, Bechuanaland Protectorate. London Kew 12[4]: 88

Bibliography for Southern Africa :
  • Fl. Pl. South Africa 4: t.125 (1924).
  • Gladiolus Southern Afr. : (1998).
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see under Flora Zambesiaca (on eFloras)
see under The International Plant Name Index
see under Flora of Zimbabwe
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