Gladiolus melleri Baker

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Gladiolus melleri

Photo: Bart Wursten
Borrowdale Common, Harare

Gladiolus melleri

Photo: Bart Wursten
Borrowdale Common, Harare

Gladiolus melleri

Photo: Bill Clarke
Below B dam spillway, Val D'Or

Gladiolus melleri

Photo: Cathy Sharp
Besna Kobila, Matobo.

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Common names: Tropical pink gladiolus (English)
Status: Native
Perennial herb, growing annual stems from corms. Some leaves are borne on the flowering stem, usually partly or entirely sheathing and difficult to distinguish from the main stem; foliage leaves normally appear after flowering on separate shoots. Flowering stimulated by fire, the combination of deep salmon-pink flowers and purple stems making a striking contrast with the burnt soil.
Derivation of specific name: melleri: Named after Charles Meller,naturalist and physician on David Livingstone's Zambezi expedition.
Habitat: In seasonally wet ground.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Aug - Nov
Worldwide distribution: Southern tropical Africa.
Mozambique distribution: T,MS
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Wednesday 27 January 2010

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

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. (Includes a picture).

Goldblatt, P. (1993). Iridaceae Flora Zambesiaca 12(4) Pages 97 - 99. (Includes a picture).

Goldblatt, P. (1996). Gladiolus in Tropical Africa Timber Press. Portland, Oregon. Pages 242 - 246. (Includes a picture).

Linley, K. & Baker, B. (1972). Flowers of the Veld Bundu Series Longman Zimbabwe Page 28. (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.

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

Plowes, D.C.H. & Drummond, R.B. (1990). Wild Flowers of Zimbabwe. Revised edition. Longman, Zimbabwe. No. 20, plate 38

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Gladiolus melleri
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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Gladiolus melleri
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Gladiolus melleri
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Gladiolus melleri
Plants of the World Online: Gladiolus melleri
The Plant List (version 1.1): Gladiolus melleri
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Wikipedia: Gladiolus melleri

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Gladiolus melleri., retrieved 9 December 2019

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