African Plant Database

Gladiolus serapiiflorus Goldblatt
Protologue : Fl. Zambes. 12(4): 82 (1993)
Information on the genus : Gladiolus
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Herb 30-60 cm tall; corm 1,5-2 cm Ø, with coarsely fibrous tunics; leaves of flowering stem 4-6, imbricate, almost entirely sheathing or the lower ones laminate; blades usually 3-8 cm long, occasionally to 30 cm; flowers dull to bright yellow, dorsal and 2 lower lateral tepals sometimes brown or the lower lateral tepals deeper yellow; flower forming a tube-like structure with a narrow opening at tepal apices (as in Serapias, Orchidaceae); tube c. 0,8 cm long; tepals c. 1,2-1,3 cm long, dorsal largest.
Ecology : Light woodland; open low grassland; sometimes in rocky soils or on rock outcrops; c. 1450 m alt.
  Resembling G. atropurpureus (but with purplish 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
see under Flore d'Afrique Centrale
see under The International Plant Name Index
carte afrique num 21486
Record n°21486
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