Gladiolus bullatus (Caledon bell)
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Gladiolus bullatus, Kogelberg
Biosphere Nature Reserve, Kleinmond, Western Cape, South Africa. [photos
Robertson, Iziko ©]
Information is from Goldblatt and Manning (1998).
Distribution and habitat
Endemic to the Western Cape, South Africa, with a
distribution from Houw Hoek and Kogelberg in the west to Bredasdorp and Potberg
(near Cape Infanta) in the east. Grows in low-growing fynbos vegetation, mainly
in stony sandstone-derived soils, but also on limestone outcrops.
- A geophyte, with corms measuring 10-20 mm in diameter.
- Flowers from mid-August to mid-September.
- Seeds ovate, pointed at one end, measuring 4-5 mm long by 3 mm wide,
broadly and evenly winged.
On the basis of flower structure and colour, flowers are
probably pollinated by long-tongued bees, but there are no observations to
Meaning of name
bullatus means bubble-like in Latin and refers to
the inflated, round shape of the flowers.
- Goldblatt P. and Manning J. 1998. Gladiolus in Southern Africa.
Fernwood Press, Vlaeberg, Cape Town.