Fernkloof Nature Reserve
Scientific name - Gladiolus brevifolius
Common name - Pypie
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Habitat Sandstone and shale slopes
Flowering time March to May
Description Plants 20-50cm high, flowering stem bearing only sheathing leaves.
Corm globose with coarsely fibrous tunics.
Leaf produced after flowering, solitary, linear to sword-shaped with thickened margins, usually sparsely hairy, 3-6mm wide.
Flowers pink, rarely brownish or gray, with yellow markings on lower tepals, mostly 8-12 flowered erect spike
From Latin: gladiolus, small sword: = shape of leaves.
2017 / 3 / 29