Gladiolus venustus

Quick Characteristics:

Flower Colors: pink, purple, yellow
Climate: winter rain climate

Gladiolus venustus has flowers that are shades of purple to pink and sometimes dull yellow with yellow markings on the lower half of the lower tepals. It is widely distributed across the interior of the winter rainfall areas of southern Africa where it is found in dry habitats on clay and sandstone slopes. The primary pollinators are long tongued bees. It can be confused with Gladiolus scullyi and it has been included in that species at one time but it usually more colorful than that species which is usually greenish cream to yellow brown or beige and more highly scented. The dorsal tepal on Gladiolus scullyi is also more horizontal, inclined over the stamens and the upper two lateral tepals curve outward in an arc. But the distinctions are sometimes difficult to tell, especially in areas where they both grow. An example of this difficulty is shown in the third picture which I suppose could be either species. The first two photos by Mary Sue Ittner and Bob Rutemoeller were taken September 2006 in the Roggeveld. The third photo from Mary Sue Ittner was taken near Nieuwoudtville. The last two photos were taken by Cameron McMaster September 2011 near Middelpos in the Roggeveld.

Gladiolus venustus, Middelpos, Mary Sue IttnerGladiolus venustus, Middelpos, Bob RutemoellerGladiolus venustus or perhaps G. scullyi or an intergrade, Nieuwoudtville, Mary Sue IttnerGladiolus venustus, Middelpos, Cameron McMasterGladiolus venustus, Middelpos, Cameron McMaster

Photos below were taken by Bob Werra.

Gladiolus venustus, Bob WerraGladiolus venustus, Bob WerraGladiolus venustus, Bob Werra

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