1809‘G. Valentia’Voy. & Trav.I. 31The heaths were not in bloom, but the Ixiae, Gladioli, and smaller bulbous Geraniums were, and we could not have been at the Cape in a better season for collecting them.
1847J. BarrowAutobiog. Memoir 217A walk by the foot of the Table Mountain will delight the admirer of the bulbous-rooted and liliaceous tribes of plants, flourishing in their native soil — the various species of amaryllis, the gladiolus, antholiza, iris, [etc.].
1856R.E.E. WilmotDiary (1984) 47Found a pretty rose coloured gladiolus of small size in the veld, and brought it home.
1906B. StonemanPlants & their Ways 198Gladiolus, A great variety of colours is found in the flowers...Eighty-one species of this large genus are found in South Africa.
1910S. Afr. ‘Inquire Within’ (Cape Times) 89April,..Ranunculus, hyacinth,..anemone, and gladiolus bulbs must now be planted.
1928J.W. Mathews inJrnl of Botanical Soc. of S. Afr.XIV. 11Like various other typical South African genera with a large number of species, the distribution of Gladiolus is spread throughout all the Provinces of the Union.
1937L.B. Creasey inJrnl of Botanical Soc. of S. Afr.XXIII. 10In her flora, South Africa has paid a worthy contribution to the gardens of the world and, among our indigenous plants brought to horticultural perfection by hybridists, the Gladiolus stands supreme.
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