African Plant Database

Gladiolus schweinfurthii (Baker) Goldblatt & M. P. de Vos
Information on the genus : Gladiolus
Basionym : Antholyza schweinfurthii Baker
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Antholyza schweinfurthii Baker
 Homoglossum schweinfurthii (Baker) Cufod.
 Petamenes schweinfurthii (Baker) N.E. Br.
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Herb 30-75 cm tall; corm 0,8-1,5 cm Ø; leaves 4-5, lower 2 basal reaching 1/2-1/3 of stem height; blades lanceolate, 0,4-2 cm wide; plane; stem simple or with 1-2 branches; spike 2-7-12-flowered; bracts often flushed dull purple, 1,8-3 cm long; flowers strongly zygomorphic, 2,5-3,6 cm long, bright to orange red; tube 1,1-1,6 cm long; tepals very unequal, the dorsal largest 1,2-2,2 cm long; upper lateral ones directed forward, 0,8-1,4 cm long; median lower tepal a linear cusp 0,3-0,6 cm long.
Ecology : Dry bush; grassland; dry woodland; rocky habitats; 750-2600 m alt.
  Near and often confused with G. abyssinicus, with larger flowers and bracts.

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 21485
Record n°21485
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