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Gladiolus watsonioides Baker
Information on the genus : Gladiolus
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Antholyza watsonioides (Baker) Baker
 Homoglossum watsonioides (Baker) N.E. Br.
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Antholyza speciosa Wright
=Homoglossum gracilis (Pax) N.E. Br.
=Antholyza gracilis Pax (1892)
=Gladiolus aberdaricus N.E. Br.
=Gladiolus mackinderi Hook. f.
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Herb 0,55-1 m tall or more; corm 1,5-2 cm Ø, tunics red-brown, firm-membranous; leaves 5-7, mostly basal, linear, 0,2-1,4 cm wide; spike 3-14-flowered; bracts 2-7 cm long, often flushed dark purple; flowers scarlet, with throat and sometimes the base of lower 3 tepals yellow; tube externally red above, bright green below, often whitish or red on drying, 1,8-4 cm long, with slender lower part and a wide upper part; tepals subequal, 2,6-3,5 cm long.
Ecology : Wet stony soils in clearings in the bamboo and alpine zones; sometimes in lava rubble; glades in Juniperus forest; 2000-4200 m alt.
  • Kipkoech S. & al. (2020). An annotated checklist of the vascular plants of Aberdare Ranges Forest, a part of Eastern Afromontane Biodiversity Hotspot PhytoKeys 149: 21
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