Gladiolus alatus BULB. It is a compact perennial with corms approximately 10-20 mm across and covered with a reddish brown or brown membrane. The stem is slender, winged, usually 80-300 mm high and sometimes branched. The leaves are firm, sickle-shaped and ribbed, usually in clusters of 4 or 5, 80-400 mm long. This species bears fragrant, 2-lipped, bright orange flowers with the upper tepals held upright. It also has 3 lower tepals, which are greenish yellow towards the base, and a tube 90-140 mm long.