a Gladiolus to identify

Gastil Gastil-Buhl gastil.buhl@gmail.com
Tue, 09 Apr 2013 19:28:02 PDT
Hello Gladiolus experts,

Here is a pretty but un-labeled magenta Gladiolus which has just begun blooming:

I looked at the PBS wiki and in the big Goldblatt & Manning 1998 book with all the lovely watercolors and none look close enough to be sure what I have here. It might not be South African. (That book is fantastic. It includes pictures of seed pods and corms.)

These photos include the perianth, anthers and style, floral bracts, spike, leaves, cataphyll, and juvenile corms. In the photo descriptions I wrote my guesses to distinguish key features. I attempted to apply the botanic terms; corrections are welcome.

If I have omitted important features for a classification key please let me know what else to photograph or measure. Unfortunately I do not have a photo of flowering-size corms, only juvenile corms. And I have not yet seen seed pods. It is winter-growing, spring-blooming, and summer dormant.

There are no other Gladiolus in bloom in my or my neighbors' gardens presently so if it does seed, they'll be un-mixed. It produces copious offsets. 

- Gastil

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