Gladiolus permeabilis


Quick Characteristics:

Flower Colors: purple, white
Climate: summer rain climate
 

Gladiolus permeabilis D.Delaroche grows on shale slopes in renosterveld from Caledon east through southern Africa and to Zimbabwe. In the Cape province it blooms late winter into spring. Usually 20 to 30 cm tall, but can be up to 50 cm, it has flat narrow leaves with a prominent midrib and mauve to dull purple or cream flowers with yellowish makings. Flowers are usually intensely fragrant. The first photo was taken by Cameron McMaster in the Overberg and the second by Bob Rutemoeller in the Bontebok National Park. The last photo below from the book Plants of the Klein Karoo courtesy of Jan and Anne Lise Schutte-Vlok

Gladiolus permeabilis, Cameron McMasterGladiolus permeabilis, Bontebok, Bob RutemoellerGladiolus permeabilis, Jan and Anne Lise Schutte-Vlok

Gladiolus permeabilis ssp. edulis (Burch. ex Ker Gawl.) Oberm., syn. Gladiolus edulis, is widespread across the summer-rainfall zone and is common in the drier areas. This subspecies has whitish to cream, sometimes grey or mauve flowers. All of the tepals except for the dorsal have a grey to purple or maroon midline sometimes surrounded by a yellow streak. The lower lateral tepals are yellow in the upper half. Tepals have an elongated and tapering tip or tail-like twisted and undulate appendages. Photos taken by Cameron McMaster in two locations in the Eastern Cape.

Gladiolus permeabilis ssp. edulis, Moonstone, Cameron McMasterGladiolus permeabilis ssp. edulis, Moonstone, Cameron McMasterGladiolus permeabilis ssp. edulis, Rhodes, Cameron McMaster

The photos below were taken at Andriesberg by Cameron McMaster and Bob Rutemoeller in January and February, different years.

Gladiolus permeabilis ssp. edulis, Andriesberg, Cameron McMasterGladiolus permeabilis ssp. edulis, Andriesberg, Cameron McMasterGladiolus permeabilis ssp. edulis, Andriesberg, Bob RutemoellerGladiolus permeabilis ssp. edulis, Andriesberg, Bob Rutemoeller


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