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Information from Goldblatt (1993).
- Flowers range in colour from deep maroon-purple to white with
dark-purple nectar guides.
- Often confused with Gladiolus
unguiculatus but can be distinguished by not have a gap (window)
between the uppermost tepal and the upper lateral tepals, when viewed in
profile (see lower image above).
Distribution and habitat
A tropical African species with a distribution including
Angola, Burundi, DRC, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Occurs in deciduous woodland and low montane grassland, sometimes on rocky
- A geophyte with corms measuring 10-30 mm in diameter (usually 15-20 mm).
- Flowers from November to December.
- Fruits late December and January.
- Dormant from February to April.