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

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Tanzania (Dodoma).

    [FTEA]

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

    Habit
    Plants 15-20 cm. high.
    Corms
    Corm unknown.
    Leaves
    Leaves 2, both basal, reaching to ± the base of the spike, linear, ± 2 mm. wide, without obvious midribs, the sheath extending almost the entire length, the blade thus channelled, the abaxial margin lightly thickened.
    Stem
    Stems unbranched, 1.5-2 mm. in diameter at the base of the spike.
    Inflorescences
    Spike 8-12-flowered, fairly congested, internodes 6-10 mm. long; bracts green, apices of the outer usually 3-lobed, imbricate, ± 2 internodes long or longer, (1.2-)1.6-2.2 cm. long, the inner ± 2/3 as long as the outer.
    Flowers
    Flowers blue, possibly the lower tepals with contrasting markings; perianth-tube narrowly funnel-shaped, curving outward between the bracts, 9-10 mm. long; tepals subequal, lanceolate-attenuate, ± 1.5 cm. long, ± 6 mm. wide in the midline, all similarly oriented, directed forward and curving outward distally.
    Stamens
    Filaments ± 5 mm. long, included in the upper part of the tube; anthers ± 6 mm. long, ?symmetrically disposed, blocking the mouth of the tube, the basal 1 mm. included, evidently dark-coloured (?purple).
    Style
    Style orientation uncertain, dividing at mid-anther level, the branches ± 2 mm. long, extending between the anthers.
    Fruits
    Capsules unknown.
    Figures
    Fig. 14/1-2.
    Habitat
    Short grassland along drainage lines; ± 1200 m.; flowering in mid-December, at the beginning of the rainy season
    Distribution
    T5 not known elsewhere

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Tanzania

    Gladiolus canaliculatus Goldblatt appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Jan 1, 1991 Burtt, B.D. [4967], Tanzania K000320746 holotype

    First published in Gladiolus Trop. Afr.: 135 (1996)

    Accepted by

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

    Literature

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    • Goldblatt, Gladiolus Trop. Afr.: 135 (1996).

    Sources

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
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    Kew Backbone Distributions
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