Gladiolus in Tropical Africa: Systematics, Biology & Evolution
Peter Goldblatt's Gladiolus in Tropical Africa is the result of more than five years of field, laboratory, and historical research. This research, conducted in the course of a lifelong study of the genera of the iris family, brings order to the heretofore fragmentary and confused state of knowledge about members of the genus in the heart of its geographical range. The book includes detailed information about the discovery of tropical African Gladiolus species, the etymology of their names and a complete account of their synonyms, the morphology and anatomy of the plants, their geographical distributions and habitats, their relationships, and other aspects of their biology, including ecology and ethnobotany. The book is extensively illustrated with 41 color plates, 61 drawings by the internationally recognized botanist and botanical artist, John C. Manning, and 85 distribution maps. A glossary of special terminology, a bibliography, and an index complete the work. Among the introductory chapters of the book is an account of the development of the garden gladiolus. The characteristics of only a few species have been used to yield the array of existing cultivars through hybridization. The illustrations and descriptions in Gladiolus in Tropical Africa reveal that there is much more variation that could be exploited horticulturally to increase the diversity of garden and greenhouse gladiolus.
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Angola anther apices anthers Antholyza apomorphic Baker basal base bracts bracts green branches brlu Capsules Cataphylls cauline cm high cm long collected Corm curving outward dambo decoratus DESCRIPTION Plants DIAGNOSIS & RELATIONSHIPS diameter DISTRIBUTION & HABITAT dorsal tepal Duvigneaud entirely sheathing EPONYMY Ethiopia exserted F1gure filaments Flower1ng T1me flowering stem foliage leaves genus Gladiolus dalenii Goldblatt HABITAT Gladiolus holotype Iridaceae isotypes leaf blades lectotype linear longis lower laterals lower tepals lower three tepals Malawi margins and midribs melleri membranous Mountains Mozambique nectar guides northern outer Ovary pale perianth tube pink Plateau plesiomorphic pollination pubescent seeds SELECTED SPECIMENS Shaba Province shorter slightly sometimes southern African Sp1ke species of Gladiolus spike srgh stamens style arching subgenus subgenus Gladiolus subgenus Ophiolyza subspecies SYNONYMY Tanzania thickened tropical Africa Type unbranched upper laterals usually wide yellow Zaire Zambesiaca Zambia Zimbabwe