Fernkloof Nature Reserve
Scientific name - Gladiolus hirsutus
Common name - Small Pink Afrikaner, Lapmuis
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Habitat Rocky sandstone slopes
Flowering time Mainly June to October
Description Plants 30-50cm high. Corm globose with coarse vertical fibres. Leaves 3, occasionally 4, linear to sword-shaped, hairy, mostly 3-8mm wide, often fairly short, the two lower leaves basal. Flowers pink to mauve, occasionally white, lower tepals irregularly streaked with dark colour, in 3-6 flowered spike. Perianth tube usually 15-25mm long. Bracts green or flushed greyish or purple above.
hirsutus = hairy, referring to the hairy leaf sheaths and blades.
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