Swaziland's Flora Database:
Gladiolus woodii Baker
(name current 2016)
Growth form: Herb
Found within protected areas
Description (Compton's Flora of Swaziland*):
Gladiolus woodii - Corns 1,5—3 cm diam with thin neck 3—7 cm long. Stem slender, straight or slightly wavy, 38—60 cm high, with two basal sheaths, outer membranous, up to 12 cm long, inner green, up to 15 cm long. Basal leaf solitary, produced after flowering, hairy, up to 60 cm long X 4,8 mm wide, with prominent margins and veins, stem leaves 2—4, closely sheathing with short pointed tips, lowest up to 26 cm long. Spike one-sided or somewhat two-rowed, 4—I 2-flowered; bracts 1—2 cm long. Flowers small, two-lipped, variable, usually deep purple-maroon, lower side lobes differently coloured. Perianth tube slightly curved, 0,8—1,2 cm long, lobes blunt or pointed, upper slightly hooded, I ,4—2 cm long x 0,7—1,2 cm wide; anthers slightly smaller, spreading, three lower narrowing to base. Capsule roundish, slightly three-lobed, c 1 cm diam; seeds reddish with spongy wings.
* Where species names have changed, these have been matched according to herbarium specimens quoted in this publication.