Gladiolus leptosiphon

Quick Characteristics:

Height: 45-60 cm (1.5-2 ft)
Flower Colors: white
Flower Season: mid spring to late spring
Climate: winter rain climate

Gladiolus leptosiphon F. Bolus is an uncommon species from South Africa that occurs from Ladismith in the Little Karoo to Uitenhage in the Eastern Cape where it is found on stony hills and low mountain slopes in renosterveld or arid fynbos. It is threatened by ongoing habitat loss to agricultural expansion, particularly ostrich farming but also crop cultivation. Plants grow up to 60 cm tall with narrow whip like leaves and 6-9 creamy white flowers marked with dark red-purple lines on the lower three tepals and a long slender tube. The upper three tepals are largest, the dorsal suberect and the lower tepals narrow, channeled, arching downward. Flowering is in spring (October to November). Pollination is by a long-tongued fly. Photos from the book Plants of the Klein Karoo courtesy of Jan and Anne Lise Schutte-Vlok.

Gladiolus leptosiphon, Jan and Anne Lise Schutte-VlokGladiolus leptosiphon, Jan and Anne Lise Schutte-Vlok

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