1. Family: Iridaceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Gladiolus Tourn. ex L.
      1. Gladiolus elliotii Baker

        This species is accepted, and its native range is SE. Botswana to S. Africa.

    [FZ]

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

    Habit
    Plants 35–80 cm high.
    Corms
    Corms 2.0–2.5 cm in diameter; tunics membranous to coarsely fibrous.
    Leaves
    Foliage leaves 3–4 basal, longer than the others, reaching at least to the base of the spike, rarely shortly exceeding it, 10–15 mm wide, narrowly lanceolate (to linear), sometimes minutely pubescent, the margins thickened and hyaline, the midrib less so and some other veins equally prominent; the upper leaves deceasing progressively in size, the uppermost sometimes entirely sheathing.
    Stem
    Stem erect, rarely branched.
    Inflorescences
    Spike erect, distichous, 9–15-flowered; bracts green or somewhat dry and light-brown above, 2–3 cm long, usually imbricate, often 1.5(2) internodes long, clasping the stem below, apices curved outwards, the inner about as long as the outer and bifid with acuminate-setaceous apices.
    Flowers
    Flowers white to pale-blue or purple, usually densely speckled with minute purple to pink dots, these more crowded towards the midline of the tepals, the lower tepals each with a central yellow streak in the lower half; perianth tube 15–16 mm long, shortly exserted from the bracts, narrowly funnel-shaped; tepals 25–33 mm long, lanceolate, the uppermost larger than the others and arching over the stamens, the lower 3 tepals united for 2–3 mm, narrower below, curving downward throughout, usually slightly exceeding the uppermost when viewed in profile.
    Stamens
    Filaments 8–10 mm long, exserted for 3–4 mm; anthers 8–11 mm long.
    Style
    Style dividing near the anther apices, style branches c. 5 mm long.
    Fruits
    Capsules c. 2.5 cm long, nearly ellipsoid.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Botswana, Cape Provinces, Free State, KwaZulu-Natal, Northern Provinces

    Gladiolus elliotii Baker appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Scott Elliot, G.F. [1557], South Africa K000320861 holotype

    First published in J. Bot. 29: 70 (1891)

    Accepted by

    • Govaerts, R. (2003). World Checklist of Seed Plants Database in ACCESS G: 1-40325.

    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