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Gladiolus buckerveldii

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Monocotyledons > Order: Asparagales > Family: Iridaceae > Genus: Gladiolus

Gladiolus buckerveldii Gladiolus buckerveldii
Gladiolus buckerveldii

Gladiolus buckerveldii flowering in a stream in mid-summer in the Cedarberg Mountains, Western Cape, South Africa. [photos Colin Paterson-Jones ]


Information is from Goldblatt and Manning (1998).

Distribution and habitat

Endemic to the Western Cape, South Africa, with a distribution restricted to the northern Cedarberg. Plants grow on moist, moss-covered cliffs with the flowring stems growing out almost horizontally and the leaves drooping down. They can be seen on the steep slopes above Algeria Forest Station.

Life cycle

  • A geophyte, with a corm measuring 15-24 mm in diameter.
  • Flowers in January, and occasionally in late December.
  • Seeds are oblong to slightly sigmoid, measuring 8-9 mm long by 3-4 mm wide and are broadly winged at only one end (sometimes weekly winged at the opposite end, but hardly  on the sides).

Ecological interactions

Suspected of being pollinated by sunbirds but the colour of the flowers (ivory to greenish-cream) is unusual for bird pollinated flowers, which are normally red or orange.

Meaning of name

Named after M.H. Buckerveld who discovered the plant above Algeria Forest Station in 1926.



  • Goldblatt P. and Manning J. 1998. Gladiolus in Southern Africa. Fernwood Press, Vlaeberg, Cape Town.

Text by Hamish Robertson

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