Babiana hypogea Burch.

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Babiana hypogea

Photo: Darrel Plowes
Rusape

Babiana hypogea

Photo: Darrel Plowes
Rusape

Babiana hypogea

Photo: Petra Ballings
Val D'Or

Babiana hypogea

Photo: Petra Ballings
Val D'Or

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Synonyms: Babiana bainesii Baker
Common names: Dwarf babiana (English)
Frequency: Occasional
Status: Native
Description:
Low growing perennial, 10 - 20 cm, with a subterranean stem growing from corms, sometimes forming clumps. Leaves 4-7, linear, up to 25 cm, plicate with hairs on the ribs. Leaves normally overtopping the flowers. Flowers arising from the underground stem, large, 5-12 cm in diameter, pale to dark blue or mauve, with a white streak in the lower tepals, rarely all white.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: hypogea: referring to the inflorescence being underground before the flowers open
Habitat: A species of kalahari sand or stony ground in woodland and grassland.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Dec - May
Worldwide distribution:
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Friday 5 May 2006
Literature:

Kirby, G. (2013). Wild Flowers of Southeast Botswana Struik Nature, Cape Town South Africa Page 313. (Includes a picture).

Plowes, D.C.H. & Drummond, R.B. (1990). Wild Flowers of Zimbabwe. Revised edition. Longman, Zimbabwe. No. 17, plate 35

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 124.


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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Babiana hypogea
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Babiana hypogea
Tropicos: Babiana hypogea
West African Plants database: Babiana hypogea


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Babiana hypogea.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=115870, retrieved 30 July 2016

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