1310.000 Babiana Ker Gawl. ex Sims

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

Zimbabwe: 1 cultivated taxon.

No image of a cultivated species but there is an image of a native or naturalised species

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stricta (Aiton) Ker Gawl.

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Flora of Botswana: Babiana
Flora of Zambia: Babiana
Flora of Zimbabwe: Babiana

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Babiana
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Babiana
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Babiana
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Babiana
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iNaturalist: Babiana
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Babiana
JSTOR Plant Science: Babiana
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Babiana
Plants of the World Online: Babiana
Tropicos: Babiana
Wikipedia: Babiana

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated plants: genus page: Babiana.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/genus.php?genus_id=388, retrieved 20 May 2024

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