1. Family: Iridaceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Gladiolus Tourn. ex L.
      1. Gladiolus bellus C.H.Wright

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Malawi (Mt. Mulanje).

    [FZ]

    Iridaceae, P. Goldblatt. Flora Zambesiaca 12:4. 1993

    Habit
    Plants 60–90 cm high.
    Corms
    Corms c. 15 mm in diameter; tunics reddish-brown, of brittle papery layers, the outer becoming irregularly broken, rarely subfibrous.
    Leaves
    Foliage leaves 4–5, the lower 3–4 basal or nearly so and reaching to at least the base of the spike, sometimes shortly exceeding it, 7–12 mm wide, narrowly lanceolate to more or less linear, firm textured with the midrib and margins slightly thickened; the upper 1–2 leaves cauline and much shorter than the basal.
    Stem
    Stem usually inclined or drooping, unbranched.
    Inflorescences
    Spike 3–8-flowered; bracts green, becoming dry and brown above, 4–5 cm long, the inner slightly shorter than the outer.
    Flowers
    Flowers white, the lower tepals each with a dark-red to violet spade-shaped mark in the lower midline and usually with dark streaks in the throat; perianth tube (4.2)5–9 cm long, cylindric below, the upper part curved outwards and flared, c. 12 mm long; tepals subequal, 3–3.5 × 2–2.2 cm, broadly obovate.
    Stamens
    Filaments 22–28 mm long, exserted for 5–8 mm; anthers 9–12 mm long, apices with obscure appendages less than 0.2 mm long.
    Style
    Style dividing just beyond the anther apices, style branches c. 4.5 mm long.
    Fruits
    Capsules 30–35 mm long, oblong-ellipsoid.

    Images

    Distribution

    Gladiolus bellus C.H.Wright appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Jan 1, 1996 Adamson, G. [361], Malawi K000210441
    Jan 1, 1996 Wild, H [6181], Malawi K000210442
    Jan 1, 1992 Purves, J.M. [4], Malawi K000210446 Unknown type material
    Jan 1, 1992 Purves, J.M. [4], Malawi K000210447 Unknown type material
    Jan 1, 1988 Chapman, J.D. [7363], Malawi K000210453
    Jackson, G. [2187], Malawi K000210454
    Jackson, G. [2187], Malawi K000210455
    Brummitt, R.K. [9647], Malawi K000210443
    Chapman, J.D. [555], Malawi K000210452
    La Croix, I.F. [699], Malawi K000210451
    Richards, H.M. [16692], Malawi K000210450
    Richards, H.M. [16595], Malawi K000210445
    Whyte, A. [s.n.], Malawi K000210448
    Allen, D.J. [525], Malawi K000210444
    Wild, H [6182], Malawi K000210449

    First published in Bull. Misc. Inform. Kew 1906: 169 (1906)

    Accepted by

    • Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mt. Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34: 1-199.
    • Govaerts, R. (2003). World Checklist of Seed Plants Database in ACCESS G: 1-40325.

    Literature

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    • Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mt. Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34: 1-199.

    Sources

    Flora Zambesiaca
    Flora Zambesiaca
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    Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
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    Kew Backbone Distributions
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2019. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

    Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2019. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0