Gladiolus meliusculus

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Flower Colors: red, orange
Climate: winter rain climate

Gladiolus meliusculus (G.J.Lewis) Goldblatt & J.C.Manning, syn. Gladiolus alatus var. meliusculus is found on low hills and flats on the western Cape coastal plain where it grows in sandy sites formed from decomposed granite or sandstone that are waterlogged during the period of growth. Flowers are salmon, brick-red or orange with yellow markings on the lower tepals. Gladiolus meliusculus differs from Gladiolus alatus by having shorter stamens and the yellow on the lower tepals is less pronounced and edged by a band of red-purple and the upper halves are pink to orange. The first three photos were taken by Mary Sue Ittner and Bob Rutemoeller September 2006 near Darling. The other two were taken near Brackenfell on Rod and Rachel Saunders' property where they are growing this species.

Gladiolus meliusculus, Darling, Mary Sue IttnerGladiolus meliusculus, Darling, Bob RutemoellerGladiolus meliusculus, Darling, Bob RutemoellerGladiolus meliusculus, Brackenfell, Mary Sue IttnerGladiolus meliusculus, Brackenfell, Mary Sue Ittner

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