African Plant Database

Gladiolus atropurpureus Baker
Information on the genus : Gladiolus
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=*Gladiolus flexuosus Baker (1894), non L.f. (1782)
=Gladiolus gracilicaulis G.J. Lewis
=Gladiolus caerulescens Baker
=Gladiolus luridus Welw. ex Baker (1878)
=Gladiolus whytei Baker
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Herb 30-60 cm tall; corm 1-3 cm Ø, tunics pale fibrous; leaves of flowering stems entirely sheathing or with blades 5-10 cm long, linear; perianth white entirely, partly shaded with purple, or uniformly dark purple to violet. Variable particularly in the degree of development of leaf blades.
Ecology : Often in light woodland; montane grassland; sometimes rocky soils and rock outcrops; cultivated fields; Brachystegia woodland; dambo; adapted to a variety of humid to dry situations; cupriferous hills; 850-2600 m alt.
  Related to G. serapiiflorus (with yellowish flowers). Strikingly similar to G. unguiculatus, and considered conspecific by Geerinck and Lewis & al.

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • Boudet G. & J.P. Lebrun (1986). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Mali. Etudes et Synthèses IEMVT 16
  • Exell, A. & Wild, H. (1993). Flora Zambesiaca: Mozambique, Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland, Bechuanaland Protectorate. London Kew 12[4]:
  • Cat. Pl. Vasc. Burkina Faso:62 (2012)

Bibliography for Southern Africa :
  • Fl. Pl. Africa 44: t.1760 (1978).
  • Énum. Pl. Fleurs Afr. Trop. 3: 89 (1995).
  • Checklist Flow. Pl. Sub-Saharan Africa : 773 (2006).
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