1. Family: Iridaceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Gladiolus Tourn. ex L.
      1. Gladiolus gunnisii (Rendle) Marais

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Eritrea to N. Kenya.

    [FTEA]

    Iridaceae, Peter Goldblatt. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1996

    Habit
    Plants 25-35(-45) cm. high.
    Corms
    Corm globose-conic, 1.1-1.4 cm. in diameter, the tunics of fine(-medium-textured) compacted fibres.
    Leaves
    Leaves 3-5, the lower 2-3 basal, ± 1/3 as long as the stem, the blades linear, 2-3(-4.5) mm. wide, the midribs and sometimes the margins lightly thickened, the upper leaves cauline and progressively shorter, sometimes the uppermost entirely sheathing.
    Stem
    Stem unbranched, ± 1.5 mm. in diameter at the base of the spike.
    Inflorescences
    Spike (1-)2-3-flowered; bracts green, 2.5-4(-4.5) cm. long, the inner nearly equal or 2-4 mm. shorter than the outer.
    Flowers
    Flowers white(-pale yellow), strongly fragrant; perianth-tube slender, 8-12 cm. long, expanding in the upper 1 cm.; tepals evidently subequal, nearly elliptic, the dorsal probably horizontal, remaining tepals spreading, 2.5-3 cm. long.
    Stamens
    Filaments ± 9 mm. long, included in the tube or barely exserted for ± 1 mm.; anthers 8-9 mm. long, the bases sometimes within the tube.
    Style
    Style dividing ± 5 mm. beyond the anther-apices, the branches ± 5 mm. long.
    Fruits
    Capsules unknown.
    Habitat
    Sheltered sites in rocky habitats in dry country, flowering mostly December and January (also May-June in Ethiopia)
    Distribution
    K1

    Distribution

    Native to:

    Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia

    Gladiolus gunnisii (Rendle) Marais appears in other Kew resources:

    First published in Kew Bull. 28: 313 (1973)

    Accepted by

    • Demissew, S. & Nordal, I. (2010). Aloes and other Lilies of Ethiopia and Eritrea, ed, 2: 1-351. Shama Books, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
    • Govaerts, R. (2003). World Checklist of Seed Plants Database in ACCESS G: 1-40325.
    • Edwards, S., Demissew, S., & Hedberg, I. (eds.) (1997). Flora of Ethiopia and Eritrea 6: i-xxviii, 1-586. The National Herbarium, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia & The Department of Systematic Botany, Upps.

    Literature

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    • Demissew, S. & Nordal, I. (2010). Aloes and other Lilies of Ethiopia and Eritrea, ed, 2: 1-351. Shama Books, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    • Goldblatt, Gladiolus Trop. Afr.: 251 (1996).
    • Marais in Kew Bulletin 28: 313 (1973).

    Sources

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0

    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