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Gladiolus mortonius (formerly Gladiolus ochroleucus var. macowanii) is a summer rainfall Eastern Cape species that grows in open stony grassland. Although it resembles Gladiolus ochroleucus, the long tubed pink flowers with a red median streak on the lower tepals and a few reddish longitudinal lines parallel are much larger (tube is 30-45 mm). It is a gorgeous little gladiolus that grows successfully in a pot, producing flower stems around 8-9 inches tall, with comparatively large flowers that face slightly downwards. The photo (face) is taken upwards into the flower to show detail. This has had a succession of flowers since late February (in Australia) and is now sending up another spike in mid April just as the last of the previous flowers have faded. The first three photos by Paul Tyerman.