Gladiolus juncifolius Goldblatt

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Gladiolus juncifolius

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Chimanimani NP

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Status: Native
Perennial herb, 20-35 cm tall, growing from corms. Leaves 2-3 basal, terete, 1-2 mm wide, developing long before the flowers appear and usually dry and broken at flowering time; 2 more leaves along the stem, short and completely sheathing. Inflorescence 3-6-flowered. Flowers pale pink to purplish with the lower tepals yellow in the basal part and darker pink at the apex.
Notes: Note: the unusual flowering time during the winter months, the dimorphic leaves and the small size of plant and flowers distinguishes this species from others. See Gladiolus zimbabweensis for comparison.
Derivation of specific name: juncifolius : leaves like a Juncus, referring to the terete leaves.
Habitat: Occurring in rocky areas of montane grassland.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Jul - Oct
Worldwide distribution: Mozambique, Zimbabwe
Mozambique distribution: MS
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Content last updated: Tuesday 29 June 2010

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 28.

Goldblatt, P. (1993). Iridaceae Flora Zambesiaca 12(4) Pages 73 - 74. (Includes a picture).

Goldblatt, P. (1996). Gladiolus in Tropical Africa Timber Press. Portland, Oregon. Pages 102 - 104. (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.

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 83.

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Gladiolus juncifolius., retrieved 24 July 2024

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