African Plant Database

Gladiolus robiliartianus P. A. Duvign.
Information on the genus : Gladiolus
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Gladiolus duvigneaudii Van Bockstal
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Herb slender, 25-40 cm tall, in compact clumps; corm 0,9-1,2 cm Ø, fibres extending in a neck; leaves 3, blades terete, ± filiform, at least the lower two, substantially exceeding spike, the upper largely sheathing; stem strongly flexed and inclined; spike 3-8-flowered; bracts c. 1 cm long; flowers pale blue to lilac or pink, each tepal with a dark blue to purple mark distally; tube 7-8 mm long; tepals unequal, the dorsal largest, 12-14 mm long.
Ecology : Mineralized hill; rocky steppe formation; in well-drained soils; rocky meadows with black soil; Cu/Co-rich soils (to > 50.000 ppm), uranium-rich soils; also on less mineral-rich soils; 1350-1450 m alt. (vide Pl. Ecol. Evol. 143: 9, 2010; and ibid. 146: 185, 2013).
  Near G. ledoctei

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 21480
Record n°21480
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