African Plant Database

Gladiolus somalensis Goldblatt & Thulin
Protologue : Novon 5(4): 325 (1995)
Information on the genus : Gladiolus
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Herb 7-30 cm tall; corm obconic, c. 1,2 cm Ø; tunics of softly-textured layers, these decaying into fine netted fibers; leaves 4-5, lower 3 basal reaching at least base of spike; spike 2-10-flowered; flowers zygomorphic, orange; lower lateral tepals (or lower median) bright yellow in lower half; dorsal tepal inclined over the stamens, 1,6-1,8x0,8 cm, the upper lateral tepals as long or nearly so; tube, 6-8 mm long; capsule and seeds unknown.
Ecology : Limestone escarpments in evergreen bushland dominated by Buxus hildebrandtii, Cadia purpurea; 1350 m alt.
  Flowers superficially resembling those of a Tritonia, fair resemblance to G. calcicola, G. mensensis.

Bibliography for Southern Africa :
  • Novon 5: 325-328 (1995).
More info on :
see under Jstor_African Plant Initiative
see under The International Plant Name Index
carte afrique num 21520
Record n°21520
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