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This species is accepted, and its native range is S. Malawi to Mozambique.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[FZ]

Iridaceae, P. Goldblatt. Flora Zambesiaca 12:4. 1993

Morphology General Habit
Plants 45–75 cm high.
Vegetative Multiplication Corms
Corms c. 15 mm in diameter; tunics of papery to finely fibrous layers.
Morphology Leaves
Foliage leaves 6–7, the lower 4 more or less basal and larger than the others, reaching to the base or middle of the spike, (2)3.5–6 mm wide, narrowly lanceolate to nearly linear, the sheaths especially of the lowermost leaves usually sparsely or sometimes densely short-pubescent, the blades occasionally so, the midrib and margins slightly thickened; upper leaves cauline and decreasing in size above, the uppermost usually entirely sheathing.
Morphology Stem
Stem simple or 1(2)-branched.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Spike 6–12-flowered, flexed below the first flower and inclined toward the ground; bracts green or flushed purple, becoming dry after flowering, (20)25–35(45) mm long, lanceolate, the inner slightly shorter than the outer.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers pink to mauve, fading to whitish in the throat, the lower 3 tepals each cream-coloured in the lower half; perianth tube c. 10 mm long, obliquely funnel-shaped, curving outwards near the apex; tepals unequal, the upper 3 larger than the rest, 22–26 × c. 12 mm (often less when dry), the uppermost inclined over the stamens, lanceolate, the lower 3 inclined toward the ground, the lower lateral tepals c. 18 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Filaments 10–12 mm long, exserted 4–5 mm; anthers 7–8(10) mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Style
Style arching behind the filaments, usually dividing at or beyond the anther apices; style branches c. 4 mm long, extending beyond the anthers, expanded above.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsules 15–20 mm long, obovoid-ellipsoid.

Native to:

Malawi, Mozambique

Gladiolus zambesiacus Baker appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Jan 1, 1991 Croix, I.l.a. [682], Malawi K000315393
Jan 1, 1991 Croix, I.l.a. [479], Malawi K000315392
Jan 1, 1991 Wild, H. [6260], Malawi K000315395
Jan 1, 1991 Brummitt, R.K. [9167], Malawi K000315394
Jan 1, 1991 Blackmore, S. [598], Malawi K000315396
Jan 1, 1991 Buchanan [140], Malawi K000320807 holotype
Johnson, W.P. [s.n.], Malawi K000320806 syntype
Last, J.T. [s.n.], Malawi K000320805 lectotype

First published in Handb. Irid.: 212 (1892)

Accepted by

  • Govaerts, R. (2003). World Checklist of Seed Plants Database in ACCESS G: 1-40325.
  • Innes, C. (1985). The World of Iridaceae: 1-407. Holly Gare International Ltd., Ashington.
  • Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mt. Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34: 1-199.

Flora Zambesiaca
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Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
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