African Plant Database

Gladiolus rupicola Vaupel
Information on the genus : Gladiolus
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Herb 50-75 cm tall; corm 1,8-2,5 cm Ø, possibly always with cormlets around base; leaves several, as long as stems, 8-15 mm wide, lower 3-5 basal; spike 3-5-flowered; bracts 3-5 cm long; flowers red to deep pink, lower 3 tepals white to cream at base, each with a narrow cream to yellow median streak; tube 2,5-3 cm long; dorsal tepal largest, ± arched over stamens, 2,5-5,5 cm long.
Ecology : Grassland; rocky outcrops; ? rain-forest; crevices of vertical rocks; hanging from steep rocks; river bank in moss; 1150-2400 m alt., usually above 2000 m.
  Easily confused with G. decoratus, G. oligophlebius.
  Fairly common in the Uluguru and Usambara mountains (Tanzania).

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 21484
Record n°21484
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