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

        This species is accepted, and its native range is NW. Namibia, SE. Botswana.

    [FZ]

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

    Habit
    Plants 25–45 cm high.
    Corms
    Corms 15–20 mm in diameter, obconic; tunics of fairly fine vertical fibres.
    Leaves
    Foliage leaves 3–4, at least the lower 1–2 inserted at or below ground level, these longer than the others and usually slightly longer than the stem, occasionally shorter, (1.8)3–4.5 mm wide, linear, the midrib and margins hyaline and strongly thickened, margins raised at right angles to the surface; the upper 1–2 leaves cauline, shorter than the basal leaves, the uppermost sometimes entirely sheathing.
    Stem
    Stem often 1(2)-branched.
    Inflorescences
    Spike 10–16-flowered, secondary spike with fewer flowers; bracts green, 12–14(16) mm long, the inner usually shorter than the outer.
    Flowers
    Flowers bright orange-red, the lower lateral tepals each with a transverse yellow band outlined in dark-red across the distal half; perianth tube c. 14 mm long, widening and curving outwards near the apex; tepals unequal, lanceolate, the uppermost 16–20 mm long (shorter when dry), larger than the others, the 3 lower tepals 12–14 mm long, joined with the upper lateral tepals for 2–4 mm, and to themselves for c. 3 mm, exceeding the uppermost tepal when viewed in profile, abruptly expanded in the upper half, more or less horizontal, flexed downwards distally.
    Stamens
    Filaments 12–14 mm long, exserted for 8–10 mm; anthers c. 6.5 mm long.
    Style
    Style dividing between the middle and apex of the anthers, style branches 2.5–3 mm long.
    Fruits
    Capsules 8–10 mm long (possibly longer), obovoid.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Botswana, Namibia

    Gladiolus rubellus Goldblatt appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Jan 1, 1993 Leach, L.C. [192], Botswana K000285419
    Jan 1, 1993 Mitchison, N. [A52], Botswana K000285420

    First published in Fl. Zambes. 12(4): 74 (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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