African Plant Database

Gladiolus velutinus De Wild.
Information on the genus : Gladiolus
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Gladiolus katubensis De Wild. (1913)
=Gladiolus vallidissimus Vaupel
=Gladiolus xanthus L. Bolus
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Herb 1-1,5 m tall; corm depressed-globose, 3-5 cm Ø, tunics reddish, irregularly broken; leaves several, mostly basal or in lower part of stem, about half as long as the spike, 1,3-3,5 cm wide; leaves always present at flowering time, margins and midribs moderately thickened, densely and minutely papillose (microscopically) to short-pubescent; spike 6-10-flowered; bracts 4-7 cm long; flowers pale yellow with greenish highlights; tube 3-4 cm long; tepals unequal, upper 3 c. 4 cm long, the dorsal hooded over stamens, c. 2 cm wide; lower 3 tepals much smaller; capsule and seeds unknown.
Ecology : Wetland sites: marshes, seasonally flooded valley grassland, streambanks; 1600-2200 m alt.
  Near G. dalenii.

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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see under Jstor_African Plant Initiative
see under Flore d'Afrique Centrale
carte afrique num 21496
Record n°21496
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