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Gladiolus candidus (Rendle) Goldblatt
Information on the genus : Gladiolus
Basionym : Acidanthera candida Rendle
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Acidanthera candida Rendle
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Gladiolus ukambanensis var. alatus Marais
=Gladiolus ukambanensis (Baker) Marais
=Acidanthera ukambanensis Baker
=Acidanthera gracilis Pax
=Acidanthera zanzibarica Baker
=Acidanthera laxifolia Baker
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Herb 20-40 cm tall; corm globose, 1,2-2,5 cm Ø, tunics firm papery breaking into vertical fibres; leaves 2-3, ± basal, half as long as stem, 5-10 mm wide; stem erect, simple; inflorescence 2-4-flowered; bracts 4-5-8 cm long; flowers white, rarely pink, occasionally with purple median streaks in the lower midline of lower tepals, these 2-3 cm long; tube 7-10 cm long; filaments c. 2 cm long, included in tube or rarely exserted 1-2 mm; anthers with acute apiculate appendages; capsule 1,8-2,2 cm long.
Ecology : Woodland and fairly dry bushland; well-watered places in rocky outcrops; cracks in granite rocks; edge of seasonal watercourse; coastal plain with open grassland; grassland with impeded drainage; black cotton soil; red sand; 50-2250 m alt.
  Near G. aequinoctialis.
  Most specimens collected without fruits, which makes it impossible to determine shape of seeds (winged or wingless).
  Oman, Yemen (Kilian & al. in Willdenowia 32: 263, 2002).

Bibliography for Southern Africa :
  • 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
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carte afrique num 21380
Record n°21380
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