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

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Tanzania to Zambia.

    [FTEA]

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

    Habit
    Plants 50-75 cm. high.
    Corms
    Corm globose, ± 1.5 cm. in diameter, tunics coriaceous, the outer layers breaking into medium to coarse vertical fibres, brown.
    Leaves
    Foliage leaves 6-8, the lower 2-3 basal and largest, reaching shortly above the base of the spike, the upper leaves cauline and progressively reduced in size, narrowly lanceolate to sublinear, 7-12 mm. at the widest, usually densely (sometimes lightly) pubescent, the margins and midrib lightly thickened.
    Stem
    Stem unbranched, glabrous.
    Inflorescences
    Spike 9-14-flowered; bracts 16-20(-25) cm. long, evidently green below, becoming dry and light brown above, narrowly lanceolate, attenuate, the inner ± 2/3 as long as the outer.
    Flowers
    Flowers white to cream (sometimes flushed with pink) or light purple, the lower lateral or all 3 lower tepals each with a broad yellow median streak, the lower part of the tube dark purple; perianth-tube ± 1 cm. long, obliquely infundibuliform; tepals unequal, the dorsal ± 2 × 1.2 cm., largest, obovate, the lower 3 ± 20 × 8 mm., spreading ± horizontally, lanceolate, narrowed into claws below.
    Stamens
    Filaments ± 1.2 cm. long, exserted for ± 7 mm.; anthers ± 9 mm. long.
    Style
    Style dividing opposite the apex of the anthers, the branches ± 2.5 mm. long.
    Fruits
    Capsules unknown.
    Figures
    Fig. 12/1.
    Habitat
    Woodland in hilly country; 1600-2200 m.; flowering March to early May
    Distribution
    T4 T7
    [FZ]

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

    Habit
    Plants 50–75 cm high.
    Corms
    Corms c. 15 mm in diameter, globose; tunics brown coriaceous, the outer layers breaking into medium to coarse vertical fibres.
    Leaves
    Foliage leaves 6–8, the lower 2–3 basal and larger than the others, reaching to just above the base of the spike, 7–12 mm at the widest, narrowly lanceolate to sublinear, usually densely (sometimes lightly) pubescent, the margins and midrib slightly thickened; the upper leaves cauline and progressively reduced in size.
    Stem
    Stem unbranched, glabrous.
    Inflorescences
    Spike 9–14-flowered; bracts evidently green below, becoming dry and light-brown above, 16–20(25) cm long, narrowly lanceolate, attenuate; the inner about two-thirds as long as the outer.
    Flowers
    Flowers white to cream-coloured (sometimes flushed with pink) or light-purple, the lower lateral tepal or all 3 lower tepals each with a broad yellow median streak, the lower part of the tube dark-purple; perianth tube c. 10 mm long, obliquely infundibuliform; tepals unequal, the uppermost larger than the others, c. 20 × c. 12 mm, obovate, the lower 3 tepals spreading more or less horizontally, c. 20 × c. 8 mm, lanceolate, narrowed into claws below.
    Stamens
    Filaments c. 12 mm long, exserted for c. 7 mm; anthers c. 9 mm long.
    Style
    Style dividing opposite the apex of the anthers; style branches c. 2.5 mm long.
    Fruits
    Capsules unknown.

    Distribution

    Native to:

    Malawi, Tanzania, Zambia, Zaïre

    Gladiolus intonsus Goldblatt appears in other Kew resources:

    First published in Fl. Zambes. 12(4): 72 (1993)

    Accepted by

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

    Literature

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    • Goldblatt in Gladiolus Trop. Afr.: 104 (1996).
    • Goldblatt in Flora Zambesiaca 12(4): 72 (1993)

    Sources

    Flora Zambesiaca
    Flora Zambesiaca
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0

    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