Swaziland's Flora Database:
Gladiolus ecklonii Lehm.
(name current 2016)
Growth form: Herb
Swaziland distribution: highveld only
Description (Compton's Flora of Swaziland*):
Gladiolus ecklonii - Corm with long bristles. Short but relatively stout. Leaves c five, spreading fanwise, c 20—25 cm long x 1,5—2 cm wide. Inflorescence up to 50 cm high, usually less, with few clasping leaf-like bracts. Flowers relatively few, overlapping one another in spike; floral bracts exceptionally large, up to 6 cm long, exceeding flowers. Perianth up to 5 cm long, often less, rather translucent, speckled with dull purple; tube relatively short, funnel-shaped, segments slightly narrowed at base; style-branches 5 mm long, scarcely thickened.
* Where species names have changed, these have been matched according to herbarium specimens quoted in this publication.