Fernkloof Nature Reserve
Scientific name - Gladiolus carmineus
Common name - Cliff Lily
Red datalist - Vulnerable
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Habitat Coastal sandstone cliffs and rocks.
Flowering time February to April
Description Plants 30-50cm high. Corm globose with papery tunics. Leaves produced after flowering, sword shaped, bluish-green in colour, midrib slightly thickened, 8-10mm wide. Flowers deep pink to carmine, with white markings on the lower tepals, in 2-6 flowered spike. Perianth tube funnel-shaped 30-35mm long. Outer tepals larger than the inner.
From Latin: gladiolus, small sword = shape of leaves
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