Gladiolus crassifolius Baker

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Gladiolus crassifolius

Photo: Stefaan Dondeyne
Along path to Mt Binga, "Bakoramambo" area, Chimanimani Mts

Gladiolus crassifolius

Photo: Stefaan Dondeyne
Along path to Mt Binga, "Bakoramambo" area, Chimanimani Mts

Gladiolus crassifolius

Photo: Bart Wursten
Opposite slope above valley below Mt Pheza, Chimanimani Mts

Gladiolus crassifolius

Photo: Bart Wursten
Northern slopes below Mt Dombe, Chimanimani Mts

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Synonyms: Gladiolus masukuensis Baker
Gladiolus thomsonii Baker
Common names:
Frequency: Frequent
Status: Native
Perennial herb growing from corms. Leaves narrowly lanceolate to linear, thick and leathery, in this form usually fully developed at flowering time. Flowers normally pale to bright pink with darker markings on the lower tepals but other colour forms do locally occur.
Notes: Very differently coloured local populations are known from Mt Gorongosa and Mt Namuli.
Derivation of specific name: crassifolius: thick-leaved
Habitat: Mostly rocky or wet (sub)montane grassland but also in low altitude grassland in the coastal plain in Southern Mozambique.
Altitude range: Up to 2200 m
Flowering time:Feb - Jun
Worldwide distribution: Western Angola, southwestern Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Eswatini, Lesotho and South Africa.
Mozambique distribution: Z,MS,M
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Content last updated: Sunday 1 June 2014

Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 210 - 211. (Includes a picture).

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

Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 18.

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 127.

Fabian, A. & Germishuizen, G. (1997). Wild Flowers of Northern South Africa. Fernwood Press, Vlaeburg. Pages 92 - 93. (Includes a picture).

Goldblatt, P. (1993). Iridaceae Flora Zambesiaca 12(4) Pages 68 - 70. (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.

Pooley, E. (1998). A Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Region. Natal Flora Publications Trust. Durban. Pages 356 - 357. (Includes a picture).

Siebert, S. & Mössmer, M. (Editors) (2002). SABONET Southern Mozambique Expedition 2001; Provisional Plant Checklist of the Maputo Elephant Reserve (MER) and Licuati Forest Reserve (LFR) SABONET News 7(1) Page 26.

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

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 2007-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Gladiolus crassifolius., retrieved 3 October 2023

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