1. Family: Iridaceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Gladiolus Tourn. ex L.
      1. Gladiolus verdickii De Wild. & T.Durand

        This species is accepted, and its native range is S. DR Congo to W. Zambia.

    [FZ]

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

    Habit
    Plants 70–110 cm high.
    Corms
    Corms 20–35 mm in diameter, bearing several broad fasciated stolons from the base, each with numerous terminal cormlets; tunics of papery to matted-fibrous layers, fragmenting irregularly or breaking into vertical fibres below.
    Leaves
    Foliage leaves 5–7, the lower 3–4 leaves more or less basal and larger than the others, reaching to about the base of the spike, (8)10–15 mm wide, narrowly lanceolate to linear, the midrib and margins hyaline and slightly thickened; the upper leaves cauline and decreasing in size above.
    Stem
    Stem unbranched, rarely with 1 short branch.
    Inflorescences
    Spike 4–8-flowered, flexed at the base; bracts green below, membranous above and becoming dry and light-brown apically, (30)40–45(55) mm long, lanceolate-attenuate, the inner slightly shorter than the outer and forked apically.
    Flowers
    Flowers white to yellow, sometimes with conspicuous dark-red to pink veins, the lower lateral tepals each with a cream to yellow-mark in the lower centre; perianth tube 25–35 mm long, narrowly funnel-shaped, widening and curving outward above; tepals unequal, lanceolate-oblong, the uppermost 45–50 mm long (often less when dry), larger than the others and inclined over the stamens, the upper lateral tepals slightly shorter and spreading at right angles to the tube, the lower lateral tepals smallest, 38–40 mm long.
    Stamens
    Filaments c. 30 mm long, exserted 14–18 mm; anthers 7–8 mm long, apices with vestigial appendages less than 0.2 mm long.
    Style
    Style dividing near the anther apices, style branches c. 3.5 mm long, spreading beyond the anthers.
    Fruits
    Capsules 10–16(20) mm long, obovoid-ellipsoid.

    Distribution

    Native to:

    Zambia, Zaïre

    Gladiolus verdickii De Wild. & T.Durand appears in other Kew resources:

    First published in Bull. Soc. Roy. Bot. Belgique 40: 29 (1901)

    Accepted by

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

    Sources

    Flora Zambesiaca
    Flora Zambesiaca
    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