What’s flowering – The Caledon bluebell (Gladiolus bullatus)

Gladiolus bullatus
This magnificent Gladiolus is flowering at the moment on the hills above Walker Bay. It has a narrow distribution range from Houw Hoek and the Kogelberg to Bredasdorp. The Caledon Bluebell grows in stony sandstone-derived soils and occasionally on limestone outcrops, in low fynbos vegetation.

It is assumed that the flowers are adapted for pollination by long-tongued bees, as are those of other species of Gladiolus with bell shaped, short tubed flowers.

 

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