Gladiolus laxiflorus Baker

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Gladiolus laxiflorus

Photo: Nicholas Wightman
Chimpempe, Kawambwa Distr., Luapula Province

Gladiolus laxiflorus

Photo: Nicholas Wightman
Chimpempe, Kawambwa Distr., Luapula Province

Gladiolus laxiflorus

Photo: Nicholas Wightman
Chimpempe, Kawambwa Distr., Luapula Province

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Synonyms: Gladiolus antunesii Baker
Gladiolus trichophyllus Diels
Gladiolus tritonioides Baker
Common names:
Plants (20)40-70 cm tall; corms 25-30 mm in diameter, depressed-globose, usually dark-red and persisting for several years, tunics coriaceous to membranous and fragmenting irregularly; foliage leaves 3-6, lower 2-4 basal and laminate, starting to emerge around flowering time, largest up to 35 cm long and 4-6 mm wide, linear to narrowly lanceolate, margins and midribs moderately thickened, usually lightly pubescent; flowering stems usually 1-2 branched; spike 6-9 flowered, inclined; bracts 10-15(20) mm long, inner usually slightly longer than outer; flowers purple to pinkish, without markings or 1 or all lower tepals with small yellow mark in distal half; perianth tube c. 10 mm long; tepals unequal with upper larger than lower, 30-35 x 13-15 mm at widest, lanceolate; capsules 15-22 mm long, ellipsoid-obovoid.
Derivation of specific name: laxiflorus: with lax of open inflorescences
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Oct - Dec
Worldwide distribution: From Angola east through Zambia, Shaba province of DRC to Malawi and south west Tanzania.
Malawi distribution: N
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Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 310.

Goldblatt, P. (1993). Iridaceae Flora Zambesiaca 12(4) Pages 75 - 76.

Goldblatt, P. (1996). Gladiolus in Tropical Africa Timber Press. Portland, Oregon. Pages 115 - 118.

Moriarty, A. (1975). Wild Flowers of Malawi Purnell & sons Cape Town. Page 16. (Includes a picture).

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Malawi: Species information: Gladiolus laxiflorus., retrieved 28 September 2023

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