Description of the genus
Perennial herbs, dying back each year, with corms, these with fibrous tunics. Stem largely underground. Foliage leaves usually plicate. Inflorescence a spike. Flowers zygomorphic, usually pale to dark blue to mauve, tepals united into a
perianth tube, subequal or forming two lips, the upper tepal much
enlarged. Fruit a capsule.
Worldwide: c. 63 species, in southern Africa, especially the Cape; 1 in Socotra
Other sources of information about Babiana:ePIC
(electronic Plant Information Center): BabianaFlora Zambesiaca
web site: BabianaGoogle
(Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for BabianaIPNI
(International Plant Names Index): BabianaKew Herbarium catalogue
: BabianaKew Monocotyledon checklist
Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten and Petra Ballings, 2002-13
Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T. & Ballings, P.
. Flora of Zimbabwe: Genus page: Babiana.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=388, retrieved 20 June 2013