Gladiolus decoratus Baker

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Gladiolus decoratus

Photo: Bart Wursten

Gladiolus decoratus

Photo: Bart Wursten

Gladiolus decoratus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nhancuco, lower slopes of Mt Gorongosa.

Gladiolus decoratus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nhancuco, lower slopes of Mt Gorongosa.

Gladiolus decoratus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nhancuco, lower slopes of Mt Gorongosa.

Gladiolus decoratus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nhancuco, lower slopes of Mt Gorongosa.

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Status: Native
Description:
Plant to 80 cm, with membranous corms, becoming fibrous and matted with age. Leaves both basal and cauline. Spike with 5-9 flowers. Upper tepal large, arched, 4.5 - 5.5 cm. Flowers bright red, the lower tepals each with a white to yellow streak; the markings spathulate on the lower lateral tepals. Filaments well exserted; anthers apiculate.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: decoratus: handsome, elegant, decorative
Habitat: In sandy soil, woodland and forest; also on rocky slopes.
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Worldwide distribution: Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe
Mozambique distribution: N,Z,MS
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Content last updated: Thursday 5 January 2012
Literature:

Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 212 - 213. (Includes a picture).

Goldblatt, P. (1993). Iridaceae Flora Zambesiaca 12(4) Page 100.

Goldblatt, P. (1996). Gladiolus in Tropical Africa Timber Press. Portland, Oregon. Pages 268 - 272. (Includes a picture).

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 92.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 110.

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Flora of Malawi: Gladiolus decoratus
Flora of Zimbabwe: Gladiolus decoratus

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Gladiolus decoratus
African Plant Database: Gladiolus decoratus
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Gladiolus decoratus
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Gladiolus decoratus
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Gladiolus decoratus
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Gladiolus decoratus
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Gladiolus decoratus
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Gladiolus decoratus
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Gladiolus decoratus
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Gladiolus decoratus
Ispot Southern Africa: Gladiolus decoratus
JSTOR Plant Science: Gladiolus decoratus
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Gladiolus decoratus
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Gladiolus decoratus
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Gladiolus decoratus
The Plant List (version 1.1): Gladiolus decoratus
Tropicos: Gladiolus decoratus


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-17

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2017). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Gladiolus decoratus.
http://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=115920, retrieved 21 November 2017

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