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Gladiolus
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Gladiolus


gardengeek
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Flower Petal # 6
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Color 2    

Iridaceae Family

Gladiolus Genus

Location

The genus is distributed in Mediterranean Europe, Asia, Tropical Africa and South Africa. This specimen was found in Utah.

Physical Description
Attractive, perennial herbs, semihardy in temperate climates. Grow from rounded, symmetrical corms, that are enveloped in several layers of brownish, fibrous tunics.

Their stems are generally unbranched, producing 1 to 9 narrow, sword-shaped, longitudinal grooved leaves, enclosed in a sheath. The lowest leaf is shortened to a cataphyll. The leaf blades can be plane or cruciform in cross section.

The fragrant flower spikes are large and one-sided, with secund, bisexual flowers, each subtended by 2 leathery, green bracts. The sepals and the petals are almost identical in appearance, and are termed tepals. They are united at their base into a tube-shaped structure. The dorsal tepal is the largest, arching over the three stamens. The outer three tepals are narrower. The perianth is funnel-shaped, with the stamens attached to its base. The style has three filiform, spoon-shaped branches, each expanding towards the apex.


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General Information

Red Flower Spike

perennial bulbous flowering plants in the iris family (Iridaceae). Sometimes called the Sword Lily, the most widely-used English common name for these plants is simply gladiolus (plural gladioli, gladioluses or sometimes gladiolas).



Red Flower Spike - Flower
Red Flower Spike - Flower - July 29, 2009



Red Flower Spike - Flower
Red Flower Spike - Flower - July 29, 2009

Comment: Gladiolus, Gladiolus

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gardengirl
gardengirl
August 06, 2009
looks like a gladiola of some kind

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