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

Zambia: 1 taxon.

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Flora of Botswana: Babiana
Flora of Zimbabwe: Babiana
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated 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: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-23

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2023). Flora of Zambia: Genus page: Babiana.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=388, retrieved 24 September 2023

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