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Gladiolus x hortulanus L.H.Bailey
Family Iridaceae
Gladiolus x hortulanus L.H.Bailey APNI*

Description: Robust herb, 70–120 cm high.

Leaves 30–50 cm long, 1–2 cm broad.

Inflorescence with up to 10 flowers; spathaceous bracts 5–7 cm long, narrowly acute, inner one slightly shorter than outer, upper ones empty; perianth 7–12 cm long; perianth tube narrow at base, curved, 3–5 cm long; lobes unequal, c. 4–6 cm long, 5–7 cm broad, orange-apricot, yellow, pink, red, purple, white, white with pink margins. Anthers c. 2 cm long.

Capsule not seen.


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Distribution and occurrence: Lord Howe Island, where escaped from cultivation into Stevens Reserve Walk; also Norfolk Island. Occasional garden escape in mainland NSW, and may become naturalised.
NSW subdivisions: *NC, *LHI
AVH map***

This name is considered of dubious status but a more acceptable name is not known yet. It covers most large-flowered hybrid gladioli (of a wide range of usually vivid flower colours) in cultivation, resulting from crosses between 4 or 5 species.

Text by P.S. Green (1994); edited KL Wilson (Jan 2014; Oct 2015)
Taxon concept: P.S. Green (1994)


APNI* Provides a link to the Australian Plant Name Index (hosted by the Australian National Botanic Gardens) for comprehensive bibliographic data
***The AVH map option provides a detailed interactive Australia wide distribution map drawn from collections held by all major Australian herbaria participating in the Australian Virtual Herbarium project.
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