The nature of the gladiolus flower has been very significant over the years. There are so many things that depict the natural aspects and endowments that make it to be associated with honor, truthfulness and strength in character. While the most species of the gladiolus are found across the Sub-Saharan part of Africa, Europe seems to be the place it is highly appreciated. However, there are some aspects of the flower that have been defined over the years and highly appreciated by many. The Roman soldiers or gladiators were represented by the sword lily as it was commonly known and it is a poetic flower that defines the ancient way of showing bravado through its obvious reverence.
Also, the gladiolus flower found in the British and Mediterranean region were highly used in the treatment of physical ailments. However, it is important to note that some major parts of the gladioli plants have been discovered as poisonous in case one ingests them. This is the reason why handling some of the species has been characterized by allergic reactions and skin irritations. In the English region, the stem of the flower had a base known as corms that was highly used in the removal of splinters and thorns in the form of a poultice. The corms were powdered and then blended with milk of a goat and then applied towards the soothing of colic symptoms.
Gladiolus flower has bulbs mostly seen by many as not really bulbs since in the botanical language; the bulbs are known as corms. What is referred to as corm is a thickened and shortened stem section appearing at the plant’s base. Each leaf’s layer has buds and rather than usage in the production of novel gladioli varieties, the flowers are not really farmed from seed. They are also quite attractive.
One thing that makes the gladiolus flower is its perennial and attractive nature amidst being shrouded by a lot of myths and representation in the ancient times, more so in the Greek and Roman cultures. A case in point is that the Roman gladiators considered the flower highly and used it as their symbol due its majestic and strong status. The plants that make the gladiolus are perennial and semi hardy herbs while in temperate types of climates. In most cases, they grow in a symmetrical and rounded corms mostly enveloped by a number of layers of a brown hue in fibrous tunics.
One thing the spikes of the gladiolus flower are known by is their flagrant nature amidst being one-sided and large while the flowers are bisexual. Every element of the gladiolus is usually subtended by green bracts and double leathery ones with the petals and sepals almost having a similar appearance thus they are christened tepals. These mostly have a base that is united into some kind of structure, mostly tubular shaped. The tepal dorsal happens to be the largest and arches above its three stamens.
For the three outer tepals that make the gladiolus flower, they are mostly very narrow with the perianth gladiolus having the shape of a funnel while stamens end up being attached by the base. The style of the Gladiolus mostly comes with three fili-form of branches shaped in the form of a spoon and have expanded across the apex.
Gladioli thrip is a type of insect that is black and tiny as well as winged and threatens the wellbeing of the gladiolus flower as well as the plants. The plant’s juice is sucked by the insect that leaves an appearance that is silvery and mostly makes the flower to begin turning brown.
The gladiolus flower is mostly known by its genus name, gladiolus that sometimes takes Gladioli or Gladiole in plural form. The same flower is also recognized as Corn Lilly or Sword Lily courtesy of its leaves that have the shape of a sword. Gladiolus genus is made up of 260 species with about 250 being found in the sub-Saharan part of Africa, largely at the tip of the African continent in South Africa. The other ten species are found or spread across Eurasia where they are a native. Gladiolus flower has some impressive spikes that depict an array of awesome colors.
The flower has a significant expression and remembered in various significations. One thing it expresses is infatuation where the receiver definitely knows he or she has pierced the heart of the giver. Also, it is a flower given to those individuals who have a strong character, honorable and faithful to the core. There are also some quite significant facts on the flower that have been gathered over the years. For once, it was known as xiphium in the ancient times, with the title coming from xiphos, a word from ancient Greek that means a sword. The same flower, gladiolus, is definitely the birth petals for August. The majesty of the flower was revered that it was considered the perfect representation of Roman Gladiator prior to the West preferring the African gladiolus flower.
However, there are more to the gladioli than most people really understand. The African Gladioli courtesy of their conspicuous nature were imported in huge quantities all the way to the European continent from the heart of the South Africa mostly in 18th century. It is believed the Gladioli that were over 10,000 cultivars were from South Africa and just seven species. It is the kind of flower worth understanding more.