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.

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 2007-20

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2020). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Gladiolus zimbabweensis., retrieved 3 August 2020

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