Gladiolus dalenii

 

Gladiolus dalenii
is one of the most widely distributed species of Gladiolus, ranging from eastern South Africa and Madagascar throughout tropical Africa and into western Arabia.  
It's the main parental species of the large flowering Grandiflora hybrids. This species is also unusual in its genus in including diploid, tetraploid and hexaploid races. That's why the hybrids produced from it are often tetraploids.[1]  
Produces five tall flower spikes of yellow to scarlet flowers, often streaked red over a yellow ground color, generally with a yellow throat.[1]  
(From Wikipedia on 11.7.13)

 
Gladiolus dalenii is a CORM growing to 1.5 m (5ft). It is in flower from Jul to August. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Insects. 
Cultivated Beds; 
Flowers - raw or cooked. The anthers are removed and the flowers are added to salads or used as a boiled vegetable[183]. Children suck the flowers for their copious quantities of nectar[183].
(From PFAF)
 
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Garden Flower : Gladiolus : Nasik : 030713 : AK-2 : Attachments (4). 5 posts by 3 authors.
This is a common, cultivated garden flower.
Pictures taken in our Nasik home garden during Oct,2009.
Not very sure about the correct botanical name.
Gladiolus communis
On searching surprised to know that Gladiolus also comes under Family: Iridaceae
Thanks for the additional information and family name.
Your extra inputs on my posts are making them more interesting!!
... has corrected the name to Gladiolus dalenii.
 
 
  
 
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