What’s flowering – Gladiolus meridionalis

Gladiolus meridionalis on Fynbos trailI took a walk through Flower Valley today and came across stacks of Gladiolus meridionalis in full flower.  These are really beautiful Glads, with magnificent pink flowers that are adapted to pollination by sunbirds.

Somewhat unusual for sunbird pollination, the nectar has a relatively high sugar concentration and is sucrose dominant. This species grows in stony sandstone soils in low fynbos on mountain slopes from Gansbaai to Elim, and strangely, with an outlying population near Port Elizabeth.



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