Nomenclatural Change

Gladiolus filiformis, a poorly known species from North West Province, South Africa

Norbert Hahn, Hermien Roux
Bothalia | Vol 44, No 1 | a174 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/abc.v44i1.174 | © 2014 Norbert Hahn, Hermien Roux | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 09 July 2014 | Published: 04 November 2014

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Norbert Hahn, Department of Economic Development, Environment, Conservation and Tourism, North West Provincial Government, South Africa
Hermien Roux, Department of Economic Development, Environment, Conservation and Tourism, North West Provincial Government, South Africa


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Abstract

Background: Gladiolus filiformis was described in 1998 from only the type specimen, which was collected in 1977.

Objectives: The aim of this article was to expand our knowledge of the morphology, distribution, ecology, and conservation status of this poorly known species.

Method: Data presented were based on field observations, with dissections and diagnostic descriptions conducted in the field.

Results: A comprehensive account of the morphology, distribution, ecology and conservation status for G. filiformis was presented for the first time.

Conclusion: Gladiolus filiformis is more common than previously thought. The species is not an edaphic specialist and it occurs mainly on sediments of the Transvaal supergroup. Its heteromorphically winged fruit were described here, showing an intermediate form between Gladiolus pretoriensis and Gladiolus oatesii.


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