African Plant Database

Gladiolus usambarensis Marais ex Goldblatt
Protologue : Gladiolus Trop. Afr. 15-304 (1996)
Information on the genus : Gladiolus
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Herb 20-40 cm tall, erect or inclined to trailing from cliffs; corm 1,5-2 cm Ø, tunics reddish brown; a plant with a delicate, almost fragile appearance but the leaves are firm; leaves 4-6, lower 3-5 basal reaching at least base of spike, ± linear, 5-12 mm wide; spike 2-8-flowered; bracts 2-5 cm long; flower zygomorphic, usually white, sometimes pale pink, greenish on reverse of the tube, lower 3 tepals with a narrow red stripe in lower midline, yellow in throat; tube 3,5-6 cm long; dorsal tepal 3-3,2x3-3,2 cm.
Ecology : Rocky sites, sometimes on cliffs; 1200-2280 m alt.
  Near G. stenosiphon, G. microcarpus; confused with G. pauciflorus, G. candidus, G. murielae.
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carte afrique num 21525
Record n°21525
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