Gladiolus pictures

Mary Sue Ittner
Fri, 02 Mar 2007 07:59:03 PST

In the middle of doing the thumbnails for the Southern African Gladiolus 
wiki pages I decided to add some habitat shots from our trip to South 
Africa in August and September last year and others from Cameron McMaster's 
CD that shows pictures from the area he lives in, the Overberg, and some 
from the western Cape as well. This is taking a bit of time since there are 
so many of them. One of the things that strikes me always is the variation 
you see in the wild. The Gladiolus species are so gorgeous I think. 
Blooming for me now are Gladiolus gracilis and all the Gladiolus huttonii 
hybrids and there are lots of spikes here and there of other species. I've 
been picking more of them this year so I can enjoy them before the rain 
ruins them. So as not to overwhelm you I'm going to announce the Gladiolus 
pages as I finish them instead of all at once.…
I added habitat pictures of Gladiolus abbreviatus  from Cameron. I still 
think this is a rather strange looking one that grows in grassy areas. I 
added more habitat pictures of Gladiolus alatus too. We saw it a lot of 
times on our trip, but the ones pictured were ones we couldn't forget. For 
one thing there was a mass of them. And for another, not far from where we 
saw them a farmer had plowed over a huge mass of them and just left it a 
ruinous mess. What he had done was illegal we were told and he hadn't done 
anything to plant the field afterwards. Perhaps it was a way to say later 
there was nothing special on his property he needed to protect. It was very 
sad to see.

There are new habitat pictures from Cameon of G. brevifolius and G. 
bullatus. And there is an especially nice picture of G. carinatus Cameron 
took at Hopefield in the western Cape.  Pictures from him of Gladiolus 
carmineus in habitat illustrate how often this one grows with a view of the 
ocean. The same was true of G. cunonius  growing near Arniston. I live 
within the sight of the Pacific Ocean in northern California and G. 
carmineus is naturalizing in my garden, but G. cunonius that is about to 
bloom I have less success growing. I keep trying it again from seed, but 
the leaves get damaged in our wet winters. Perhaps the difference is that 
G. carmineus blooms in fall when it is still usually dry here.

Finally there are a couple more habitat pictures of the beautiful G. 
debilis from Cameron.

More pages to come when I finish. I have some more wild pictures of the 
other species in what I'll call the Gladiolus alatus complex. There is 
probably a more official name for these, but they are the ones that look 
similar: Gladiolus alatus, Gladiolus equitans, Gladiolus meliusculus,  G. 
pulcherrimus and G. speciosus.

Mary Sue

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