Gladiolus gueinzii Kunze

Linnaea 18: 510 (1844) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Corm with outer layers papery; subterranean bulbils often produced. Stem usually unbranched, with 2–3 sheathing leaves. Basal leaves 3–5, linear, 0.3–0.7 cm wide, flat, fleshy, midvein and margins prominent. Inflorescence with flowers subdistichous or secund 1–7-flowered. Flowers funnel-shaped, pink to pale or dark mauve. Perianth tube 0.8–1.5 cm long, slightly widened at mouth, straight or slightly curved; lobes with margins and apex flat, spreading to erect, subequal, obovate, the inner 3 ± rhomboid-obovate, most lobes with a central white stripe or mark. Stamens symmetric or asymmetrically arranged to one side of flower; anthers 5–6 mm long. Style branches spreading at level of anthers.  Flowers Oct.–Dec.

*EGL. Native to South Africa where it occurs on coastal dunes, a widespread weed on the east coast of New South Wales, with a few populations known to occur around the Mallacoota inlet in Victoria.

Gladiolus gueinzii is capable of spreading by buoyant corms. This species is thought to have been introduced to Australia by dumped ballast water (Heyligers 1999).

Created by: Andre Messina, 2014-10-28
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Asparagales
family Iridaceae
genus Gladiolus
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Gladiolus gueinzii in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Gladiolus gueinzii in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
East Gippsland Lowlands present naturalised

State distribution

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New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory