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

        This species is accepted, and its native range is S. Ethiopia to Kenya.

    [FTEA]

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

    Habit
    Plants 38-55 cm. high.
    Corms
    Corm 1.8-2 cm. in diameter, the tunics membranous, becoming irregularly broken with age.
    Leaves
    Leaves 6-7, the lower 3-4 basal and longest, usually exceeding the spike by 5-15 cm., the blades linear, 2-4(-6) mm. wide, the midrib and margins moderately thickened, the upper (1-)2-3 leaves short and largely to entirely sheathing, usually without blades.
    Stem
    Stem erect, unbranched, 2-3 mm. in diameter at the base of the spike.
    Inflorescences
    Spike 5-10-flowered, straight and erect; bracts green below, dry and brownish above, 2.5-3(-4) cm. long, the inner ± 2/3 as long as the outer.
    Flowers
    Flowers pale to deep pink, pale in the throat and toward the bases of the lower tepals; perianth-tube ± 1.5 cm. long, obliquely funnel-shaped; tepals apparently nearly equal or the dorsal slightly larger, ± 2.4-3.2 × 1.5 cm., the lower 3 tepals ± 2.4-3 × 1.3 cm.
    Stamens
    Filaments 1.2-1.5 cm. long, exserted ± 5 mm. from the tube; anthers 8-10 mm. long.
    Style
    Style arching over the stamens, dividing near the anther-apices, the branches ± 4 mm. long.
    Fruits
    Capsules unknown.
    Habitat
    Juniper forest or Commiphora scrub; 1800-2100 m.; flowering September-October
    Distribution
    K1 K2

    Distribution

    Native to:

    Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan

    Gladiolus boranensis Goldblatt appears in other Kew resources:

    First published in Gladiolus Trop. Afr.: 186 (1996)

    Accepted by

    • Darbyshire, I., Kordofani, M., Farag, I., Candiga, R. & Pickering, H. (eds.) (2015). The Plants of Sudan and South Sudan: 1-400. Kew publishing, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • Demissew, S. & Nordal, I. (2010). Aloes and other Lilies of Ethiopia and Eritrea, ed, 2: 1-351. Shama Books, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
    • Govaerts, R. (2003). World Checklist of Seed Plants Database in ACCESS G: 1-40325.
    • Edwards, S., Demissew, S., & Hedberg, I. (eds.) (1997). Flora of Ethiopia and Eritrea 6: i-xxviii, 1-586. The National Herbarium, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia & The Department of Systematic Botany, Upps.

    Literature

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    • Goldblatt, Gladiolus Trop. Afr.: 186 (1996).

    Sources

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
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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/
    © 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