Gladiolus murielae Kelway

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Gladiolus murielae

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Monavale, Harare

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Synonyms: Acidanthera bicolor Hochst.
Gladiolus callianthus Marais
Common names:
Frequency: Very local
Status: Native
Perennial herb, 30-65 cm tall, growing from corms. Leaves 4-8 with 3-5 leaves basal, narrowly lanceolate, 5-12 mm wide, reaching to just above the base of the flowering spike; up to 3 more smaller leaves along the stem. Inflorescence 3-4-flowered. Flowers white with a prominent dark purple streak on the tepals, sweetly scented, particularly in the evenings. Perianth tube narrowly cylindric, 9-15 cm long. Tepals more or less equal in shape and size, 35-45 mm long and 17-22 mm wide.
Derivation of specific name: murielae: named after Muriel Erskine, wife of the person who collected the first living material, that was used for the original description.
Habitat: In rocky places, often at light shaded forest margins.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Jan - Mar
Worldwide distribution: Ethiopia, Tanzania Malawi and Mozambique.
Mozambique distribution: T
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Content last updated: Wednesday 12 October 2011

Goldblatt, P. (1993). Iridaceae Flora Zambesiaca 12(4) Pages 101 - 102. As Gladiolus callianthus

Moriarty, A. (1975). Wild Flowers of Malawi Purnell & sons Cape Town. Page 17. As Gladiolus callianthus (Includes a picture).

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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 murielae., retrieved 17 April 2024

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