There seems to be a lot of confusion about this genus. This plant is from Ecuagenera, labeled O. gladiatus, but it doesn't look to me much like the others posted here as gladiatus, nor does it match any of the other posts of this genus. I'm not a botanist, but I think my plant agrees most closely with the early descriptions I was able to find. As I understand it, O. gladiatus should have densely pilose roots; leaves distichous, each embracing the one above it by means of a cleft in its base, lanceolate-oblong, bluntish, slightly falcate, compressed, succulent, rather obtuse, slightly curved inwards, of a glaucous green colour; scapes glabrous, scarcely exceeding the leaves in length, at the extremity forming a raceme or lax spike of a few small flowers; each flower having a glabrous, clasping-deltoid bract at the base, and two or three others below upon the peduncle. http://www.botanicus.org/page/379854 http://www.botanicus.org/page/708648 http://www.botanicus.org/page/966612 http://www.botanicus.org/page/1922133 http://www.botanicus.org/page/137932 http://www.botanicus.org/page/138016 My flowers also seem to be larger and less crystalline and have more substance than the other two posted here. It's a cool genus and it would be more satisfying to have accurate IDs, but I'm just guessing here. What do you all think? Photos are from 25 Jan 2011.