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

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

    [FTEA]

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

    Habit
    Plants 45-55 cm. high.
    Corms
    Corms unknown.
    Leaves
    Leaves 5, the lower 3 basal, the blades narrowly lanceolate, 1/3-1/2 as long as the stem, 5-8 mm. wide, fairly firm-textured, the margins and midribs moderately thickened, the 2 upper leaves inserted on the stem, mostly or entirely sheathing.
    Stem
    Stem unbranched, ± 2.3 mm. in diameter at the base of the spike.
    Inflorescences
    Spike straight, 2-3-flowered; bracts (2.8-)4-4.7 cm. long, subequal or the inner slightly shorter, evidently dry at least above at flowering time.
    Flowers
    Flowers white, the tepals evidently without markings; perianth-tube 8-8.5 cm. long, arching gently outward; tepals unequal, the upper 3 largest, 4-4.5 × 1.6-1.9 cm., the lower laterals smallest, ± 3.3 cm. long, the median lower tepal 3.5-4 cm. long.
    Stamens
    Filaments ± 2.5 cm. long, included in the tube and reaching to just below the mouth of the tube; anthers ± 1.2 cm. long, evidently unilateral, the apices with minute obtuse appendages.
    Style
    Style extending over the anthers, dividing 2-10 mm. beyond the anther-apices, the branches, 6-7 mm. long.
    Fruits
    Capsules unknown.
    Habitat
    Marshy places in heavy clay soil; 1500 m.; flowering January
    Distribution
    not known elsewhere T5

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Tanzania

    Gladiolus richardsiae Goldblatt appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Jan 1, 1993 Richards, M. [22961], Tanzania K000320757 holotype

    First published in Gladiolus Trop. Afr.: 253 (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.: 253 (1996).

    Sources

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
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