African Plant Database

Gladiolus decoratus Baker
Information on the genus : Gladiolus
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Gladiolus zanguebaricus Baker
=Gladiolus quilimanensis Baker
=Gladiolus morumbalaensis De Wild.
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Herb 45-80 cm tall; corm 1,5-2,5 cm Ø, with tunics initially membranous, becoming ± fibrous and matted, fibres brown, enclosing numerous small cormlets; leaves 4-5, fairly soft-textured with distinctive but not thickened venation and margins; flowers bright orange-red or dark red, lower tepals with a median white to yellow streak; dorsal tepal largest, 4,5-5,5 cm long; tube 2,5-3,5 cm long; capsule elliptic, 1,8-2,7 cm long.
Ecology : Woodland and forest in rocky outcrops and screes and other more open sites; 0-2000 m alt.
  Confused with G. rupicola, G. oligophlebius.

Bibliography for Southern Africa :
  • Énum. Pl. Fleurs Afr. Trop. 3: 89-92 (1995).
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