I think Jo will enjoy the collection gathered by the tag myGladiolus_bonaspei
especially the yellow form which shows on the map as found in/at just the one location.
And the there’s the one found high in the mountains above Scarborough. I’m wondering how many other observations may have been lost?
I’m quoting Goldblatt and Manning verbatim - hope this is OK with the reference, but they explain it all so well: (cut and paste - sorry, will not attempt to format italics)
The Cape Peninsula endemic long known as Homoglossum merianellum
(Baker 1896; De Vos 1976) has an unfortunately clouded taxonomic history and has sometimes been regarded as superfluous and illegitimate. Based on Antholyza merianella L. (Linnaeus 1774), the protologue included a reference to Watsonia humilis, fol. lineariensiformibus, tubo floris longissimo of P. Miller’s Figures of … plants t. 276, f. 2 (1759). That illustration represents a species of Watsonia, described later under the binomial W. humilis Mill. (1768). Later authors dealing with A. merianella have often failed to note that the Miller name cited by Linnaeus is in polynomial form and therefore does not render A. merianella superfluous. The later combinations of the epithet, Gladiolus merianellus (L). Th unb. (1784) and Homoglossum merianellum (L.) Baker (1877), are thus legitimate.
The current name borne by the plant, Gladiolus bonaespei Goldblatt & M.P.de Vos (1989), was proposed for the illegitimate synonym Watsonia pilosa Klatt in order to replace the supposedly illegitimate G. merianellum but it is now clear that G. bonaespei falls into synonymy. Two elements were included in Linnaeus’s A. merianella, the Miller plate and a specimen in the Linnaean Herbarium, which is indeed the Cape Peninsula species. We
designate that specimen the lectotype, an action that seems not to have been implemented before now. Thunberg, working in Uppsala and aware of the specimens in Linnaeus’s herbarium, knew exactly what A. merianella was, and the extended description in the Dissertatio de Gladiolo (Thunberg 1784) accords exactly with Linnaeus’s and his own collections
and ignores any feature of Miller’s W. humilis, which had by then been given a binomial.
The nomenclature of G. merianellus is outlined below.
Gladiolus merianellus (L.) Thunb., Dissertatio de gladiolo 14 (1784). Antholyza merianella L.:77 (1774) [name misapplied by Curtis: t. 441 (1799) to W. aletroides; and to Watsonia humilis Mill. by others]. Homoglossum merianellum (L.) Baker: 161 (1877), nom. superf. pro W. humilis Mill. (1768). Type: South Africa, without precise locality or collector, Herb. Linn. No. 60.7 (LINN, lecto., here designated). G. bonaespei Goldblatt & M.P.de Vos: 421 (1990 ‘1989’), nom. nov. pro Watsonia pilosa Klatt: 200 (1885) [non G. pilosus Eckl.], syn. nov. Type: South Africa, [Western Cape],
near Simonstown, May 1882, MacOwan 2510 (B, holo.; G, iso.).
STRELITZIA 29 (2012) strelitzia-29-2012.pdf
Found by searching for the text page number 806
Mike - I thought that dictionary updates might sort things out but the Watsonia humilis name may cause problems. see IPNI at POWO
This is the real one:
Derek you’ve been a star shifting banners - Thanks
There are still quite a few to do.