African Plant Database

Gladiolus gracillimus Baker
Information on the genus : Gladiolus
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Gladiolus aphanophyllus Baker
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Herb 15-40 cm tall; corm 0,9-1,2 cm Ø; leaves 2, the lower sheathing the stem for most of its length and with a short linear blade that usually exceeds the short upper leaf (as in G. pusillus, G. tshombeanus); spike inclined, 2-4-7-flowered; flowers pale blue-lilac to lilac, sometimes white, usually the lower 3 tepals each with a dark blue to purple marking; tube 7-10 mm long; dorsal tepal 10-15 mm long; seeds winged.
Ecology : Wet habitats, either permanently or seasonally waterlogged valleys; shallow soil over laterite; swampy places; grassy meadow; stony hillside; 900-2000 m alt.
  Resembling G. pusillus but the latter distinguished by its very small yellow flowers.

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
carte afrique num 21429
Record n°21429
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