Gladiolus cataractarum

Quick Characteristics:

Flower Colors: pink
Climate: summer rain climate

Gladiolus cataractarum is a rare endemic of the southern African summer rainfall region. Plants grow on cliffs and steep rocky slopes on quartzite in sheltered, south facing sites. Growing to 70 cm high, this species has eight to nine lanceolate leaves of different sizes and pink unscented flowers with the lower three tepals marked with reddish longitudinal lines. The first photo of the plant in habitat taken by Rod Saunders. Flower photos from Rachel Saunders. They had to walk up a gully to reach it and found it difficult to photograph hanging off the cliff.

Gladiolus cataractarum habitat, Rod SaundersGladiolus cataractarum, Rachel SaundersGladiolus cataractarum, Rachel Saunders

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