|Flower Colors:||yellow, brown|
|Flower Season:||early spring|
|Climate:||summer rain climate|
Gladiolus pardalinus Goldblatt & J.C.Manning is restricted to the bushveld of Northern Province and Mpumalanga, South Africa where it grows in dolerite in rocky ground. Growing from 35 to 55 cm high, it has usually three leaves that sheath and envelope the stem and 10 to 15 flowers in a spike. Flowers are pale yellow speckled with red brown markings on all except the dorsal tepal. All of the tepals are clawed at the base. This species flowers in early spring, mid October and November. Photo from Rachel Saunders.