Plant ID forum: Gladiolus aequinoctialis?

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Name: Evan
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eclayne
Oct 12, 2013 10:49 AM CST

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I purchased the bulbs as Abyssinian Gladiolus (Gladiolus murielae) this spring at a Big Box store. Given that it is between 4-5 feet tall I'm wondering if what I have is Gladiola (Gladiolus aequinoctialis). All sources I've found note G. murielae as being either 1-2 feet or 2-3 feet tall. This description, paragraph two, notes G. aequinoctialus being taller.
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Name: Jean
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Moonhowl
Oct 14, 2013 1:30 PM CST
Hi Evan,

While reading up on some things, I ran across this listing that states G aequinoctialis, from western Africa, achieves a height of one foot, but does list some subspecies from Cameroon and other areas.

http://e-monocot.org/taxon/urn:kew.org:wcs:taxon:328164
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eclayne
Oct 14, 2013 6:05 PM CST

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Thanks Jean.
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DavidofDeLand
Oct 14, 2013 6:16 PM CST
Well one things for sure,......You already knew the pictures were spectacular! Smiling
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eclayne
Oct 14, 2013 9:53 PM CST

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Thanks David. Such nice bloomers. Some combination of cold, wind and rain knocked most of the stalks down. They're now happily blooming away on the kitchen table.
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jmorth
Oct 14, 2013 10:23 PM CST
John Bryan describes Gladiolus aequinoctialis fl.- 'white, purple vein on lower segments' from Sierra Leone and Cameroon'

He describes the Abyssinian Gladiolus (G. murielae) fl. thusly - 'w/ distinct purple spot at base of segments' (from Ethiopia,Tanzania, Malawi, & Mozambique.

Sounds similar but one says vein, the other spot.
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Joy
Oct 14, 2013 11:34 PM CST
Evan, I grow these too. Mine didn't reach their listed height until their 2nd year here.

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eclayne
Oct 15, 2013 7:49 AM CST

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Thanks @jmorth, that seems to eliminate G. aequinoctialis as well. How tall do yours get? How about yours @joy, Is the height I'm seeing not uncommon?
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jmorth
Oct 15, 2013 11:12 AM CST
Mine usually reach about 36" tall, though I've never actually measured.
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Joy
Oct 15, 2013 8:13 PM CST
Evan, All I know is mine started out quite short last year, probably less than 2'. This year they are easily 4' tall. Mine are growing in a large container, if that makes a difference.
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Name: Evan
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eclayne
Oct 15, 2013 9:16 PM CST

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Thanks Joy and J. Maybe they just grow taller than the lit. would seem to indicate.
Evan

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