1. Family: Iridaceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Gladiolus Tourn. ex L.
      1. Gladiolus sulculatus Goldblatt

        This species is accepted, and its native range is SW. Tanzania.

    [FTEA]

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

    Habit
    Plants 20-40 cm. high excluding the leaves.
    Corms
    Corm globose, ± 2 cm. in diameter, the tunics of moderately fine mostly vertical fibres.
    Leaves
    Leaves 4-5, the basal 2-3 longest, the blades of at least one usually exceeding the stem, sometimes by up to 15 cm., linear, 2.5-4 mm. wide, with heavily thickened margins and midribs, the margin edges extended at right-angles to the blade, thus with 2 narrow bands or grooves on each surface, edges of the midrib often ciliate, the upper 2 leaves cauline and progressively shorter, the uppermost sometimes entirely sheathing and bract-like; sheaths of the basal leaves lightly pubescent to ciliate at least below.
    Stem
    Stem simple, inclined almost from the base, usually flexed at the node below the spike, ultimately inclined at ± 45°, ± 2 mm. in diameter at the base of the spike.
    Inflorescences
    Spike 5-8(-12)-flowered, unbranched, inclined at ± 45°; bracts green, usually turning purplish toward the apices, 2-2.5 cm. long, the inner shorter than the outer, the outer acute, the inner minutely forked apically.
    Flowers
    Flowers dark pink to scarlet, the lower lateral tepals sometimes partly white and each with a broad triangular yellow mark edged in dark pink or red; perianth-tube widening and curving outward near the apex, ± 1.3 cm. long, extended between the bracts; tepals nearly equal, broadly obovate, obtuse-apiculate, the dorsal slightly larger than the others, ± 2.3 cm. long (often less when dry), ± 1.2 cm. wide.
    Stamens
    Filaments ± 1.6 cm. long, exserted for ± 9 mm.; anthers ± 6.5 mm. long.
    Style
    Style arching over the filaments, dividing near the apex of the anthers, the branches ± 6 mm. long.
    Fruits
    Capsules obovoid, ± 1.3 cm. long.
    Figures
    Fig. 12/2.
    Habitat
    Rocky grassland; 2100-2400 m.; flowering late March to early May
    Distribution
    T7 not known elsewhere

    Distribution

    Native to:

    Tanzania

    Gladiolus sulculatus Goldblatt appears in other Kew resources:

    First published in Bothalia 39: 45 (2009)

    Accepted by

    • Govaerts, R.H.A. (2011). World checklist of selected plant families published update Facilitated by the Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

    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