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Gladiolus ecklonii (Sheathed gladiolus)

kxahla, litsoantsoang, makhabebe [South Sotho]; sidvwana [Swazi]

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 ecklonii Gladiolus ecklonii
Gladiolus ecklonii

Gladiolus ecklonii. [photos H.G. Robertson, Iziko ]

Information from Goldblatt and Manning (1998).

Distribution and habitat


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Ecological interactions


Meaning of name



  • A decoction of the corm is taken by Southern Sotho speaking people for relieving rheumatic pains (Watt and Breyer-Brandwijk 1962).




  • Goldblatt P. and Manning J. 1998. Gladiolus in Southern Africa. Fernwood Press, Vlaeberg, Cape Town.
  • Watt, J.M. and Breyer-Brandwijk, M.G. 1962. The Medicinal and Poisonous Plants of Southern and Eastern Africa. Second Edition. E. & S. Livingstone Ltd., Edinburgh.

Text by Hamish Robertson

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