African Plant Database

Gladiolus praecostatus Marais
Information on the genus : Gladiolus
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Herb 30-65 cm tall; corm 1,5-3 cm Ø, tunics light red-brown; leaves 4-several, the lower 3-5 are 0,4-1,2 cm wide, stiff with heavily thickened margins, midribs and at least 2 other veins, the thickening raised and arching over the blade surface; blades at least 15 cm long, usually reaching to at least base of spike; spike 2-6-flowered; bracts 3-7 cm long; flowers white, each of the 3 lower tepals with a dark purple streak in lower midline; tepals ± equal, ± obovate, apiculate.
Ecology : Meadows on rocky soils or rocks; 1100-1800 m alt.
  Very near and probably a synonym of G. leonensis; also near G. aequinoctialis but the flower in G. praecostatus has perianth tube 8-12,5 cm long, tepals 3,2-3,5 cm long (not 8,5-14 cm, nor 3,5-4 cm).
  The 3 taxa G. iroensis, G. praecostatus, G. aequinoctialis are doubtfully distinguished from the E. African G. murielae.
  Occurs in the Nimba Mts (S Guinea-N Liberia-neighbouring Ivory Coast). – Not mapped.

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
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carte afrique num 21476
Record n°21476
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