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

        This species is accepted, and its native range is E. Zimbabwe to W. Mozambique.

    [FZ]

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

    Habit
    Plants 20–35 cm high.
    Corms
    Corms 9–12 mm in diameter; tunics of fine pale netted fibres, sometimes extending upward in a neck.
    Leaves
    Foliage leaves 4–5, the lower 2 basal, reaching to about the base of the spike, 1–1.5 mm wide, linear, the margins and midrib strongly thickened and raised, thus arching over the surface, edges of the raised parts ciliate to pubescent; the upper leaves cauline and progressively shorter, the uppermost sheathing for half of its length; sheaths, especially of the lower leaves, lightly pubescent, distinctly ribbed when dry.
    Stem
    Stem erect, rarely branched, flexed at or slightly above the middle.
    Inflorescences
    Spike 4–8(12)-flowered, inclined toward the ground; bracts green to purplish especially above, 10–15 mm long, the inner somewhat shorter than the outer.
    Flowers
    Flowers pale grey-blue or purple to pink, the lower lateral tepals each with a pale transverse band outlined in purple across the lower part of the limb; perianth tube 7–10 mm long, curving outward between the bracts, widening gradually toward the mouth; tepals unequal, the uppermost 14–19 × c. 10 mm, larger than the others, arched to hooded over the stamens, the upper lateral tepals smaller, directed forward and curving outward near the apices, the lower 3 tepals c. 10 × c. 4 mm, straight, inclined, joined to the upper laterals for 2–4 mm, usually slightly exceeding the uppermost when viewed in profile, fairly abruptly expanded in the upper half, the lower lateral tepals channelled below.
    Stamens
    Filaments 12–14 mm long, exserted for 8–9 mm; anthers c. 6 mm long, with an apiculum 0.3–0.5 mm long.
    Style
    Style dividing opposite the lower third of the anthers; style branches c. 2 mm long, entwined with the anthers.
    Fruits
    Capsules 12–15 mm long, obovoid.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Mozambique, Zimbabwe

    Gladiolus zimbabweensis Goldblatt appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Jan 1, 1991 Chase, N.C. [8123], Zimbabwe K000320777 isotype
    Jan 1, 1991 Chase, N.C. [8123], Zimbabwe K000320778 isotype
    Harris, T. [172], Mozambique K000613247
    Harris, T. [217], Mozambique K000613292
    Patel, H. [7361], Mozambique K000613623

    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.

    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/
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    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/
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