Gladiolus zimbabweensis Goldblatt

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Gladiolus zimbabweensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Slopes above western side Mevumodzi Valley,Chimanimani Mts

Gladiolus zimbabweensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Slopes above western side Mevumodzi Valley,Chimanimani Mts

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Common names:
Frequency: Local
Status: Native
Slender perennial herb, up to 35 cm high, growing from corms. Foliage leaves 4-5, the lower 2 basal, linear, distinctly thickened on the margins and mid-rib. Flowers usually 4-8, rarely up to 12, inclined towards the ground, pale grey-blue or pink with markings on the lower lateral tepals.
Derivation of specific name: zimbabweensis: from Zimbabwe where the type was collected
Habitat: Rocky montane grassland
Altitude range: 1170 - 2300 m
Flowering time:(Oct)Jan - Apr
Worldwide distribution: Eastern Highlands of Zimbabwe and adjacent areas in Mozambique.
Mozambique distribution: MS
Growth form(s):
Endemic status: Near Endemic
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Content last updated: Sunday 9 November 2014

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

Darbyshire, I., Timberlake, J., Osborne, J., Rokni, S., Matimele, H., Langa. C., Datizua, C., de Sousa, C., Alves, T., Massingue, A., Hadj-Hammou, J., Dhanda, S., Shah, T., Wursten, B. (2019). The endemic plants of Mozambique: diversity and conservation status Phytotaxa 136 Page 77.

Goldblatt, P. (1993). Iridaceae Flora Zambesiaca 12(4) Pages 72 - 74. (Includes a picture).

Goldblatt, P. (1996). Gladiolus in Tropical Africa Timber Press. Portland, Oregon. Pages 100 - 102. (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.

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Gladiolus zimbabweensis., retrieved 2 October 2023

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