African Plant Database

Gladiolus dichrous (Bullock) Goldblatt
Protologue : Bull. Mus. Natl. Hist. Nat., B, Adansonia Sér. 4, 11(4): 426 (1990)
Information on the genus : Gladiolus
Basionym : Oenostachys dichroa Bullock
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Oenostachys dichroa Bullock
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Herb 45-90 cm tall; corm 2,5-3 cm Ø; leaves 5, mostly basal, 1-2 cm wide, reaching base of spike; stem unbranched; flower bracts enlarged, red or reddish purple (very rarely uniformly white in Kenya), nearly concealing the flowers; perianth including tube 4,5-6 cm long, white with dorsal tepal flushed red (in southern part of range) to red or orange.
Ecology : Rocky outcrops; sometimes on cliffs; grassy clearing in Podocarpus forest; mountain meadow; 2500-3100 m alt.
  Near G. abyssinicus, G. schweinfurthii.

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • Darbyshire, I. Kordofami, M. & al. (2015). The plants of Sudan and south Sudan, An annoted checklist. Kew Publishing

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: 89-92
More info on :
see under Jstor_African Plant Initiative
see under The International Plant Name Index
carte afrique num 21425
Record n°21425
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