Common name: Painted Lady
Gladiolus carneus D.Delaroche APNI*
Description: Herb 35–80 cm high; corm 20–30 mm diam., tunic papery to fibrous.
Basal leaves linear to sword-shaped, 20–60 cm long, 6–20 mm wide, flat; midveins prominent.
Scape rarely branched, sheathed by 1 or 2 reduced leaves; spike distichous, erect or leaning, 3–7-flowered; spathe bracts lanceolate, 4–6 cm long. Perianth pale pink to cream-coloured with deep pink or reddish markings; tube broadly funnel-shaped, 3–4 cm long, curved, widened at mouth; lobes ovate, acute, spreading; upper lobes 3.2–3.5 cm long; lower lobes 3.2–3 cm long, usually each with a red-purple central mark. Stamens arched in centre of flower. Style branches spathulate, 6–7 mm long, exceeding anthers.
Fruit not seen.
Distribution and occurrence: Naturalized locally in the Sydney area,North Western Slopes and North Coast. Native of Western Cape Province, S Africa.
NSW subdivisions: *NC, *CC, *NWS
Other Australian states: *W.A. *S.A.
Text by T. A. James & E. A. Brown (1993); edited KL Wilson (Oct 2015)
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)
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