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This genus is accepted, and its native range is S. Tropical & S. Africa.
Babiana hirsuta

[FZ]

Iridaceae, P. Goldblatt. Flora Zambesiaca 12:4. 1993

Morphology General Habit
Perennial herbs with globose corms, aerial parts dying back annually; corms with fibrous tunics.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves several, the lower 2–3 basal and entirely sheathing (cataphylls); foliage leaves usually plicate (or flat and sinuate or terete), usually pubescent or puberulent.
Morphology Stem
Stem simple or branched, sometimes subterranean, often puberulent.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence a spike; floral bracts green, or dry and brown at least apically, the inner shorter than the outer and forked, sometimes cleft to the base.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers often in shades of blue or purple (sometimes yellow, red, pink or whitish in South African species), actinomorphic, or zygomorphic with stamens unilateral and arcuate; tepals united in a short to long perianth tube, subequal or forming 2 lips, sometimes the upper tepal much enlarged and arching over the stamens (or reflexed and sheathing the filaments).
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Pistil
Ovary oblong-globose, sometimes villous, style exserted or included in the perianth tube; style branches short, somewhat expanded above.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsules oblong-ovoid, coriaceous, often showing the outline of the seeds.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds blackish or dark-brown, several per locule, globose.

Native to:

Botswana, Cape Provinces, Free State, Namibia, Northern Provinces, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Introduced into:

New South Wales, South Australia, Victoria, Western Australia

Babiana Ker Gawl. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
28615.000

First published in Bot. Mag. 15: t. 539 (1801)

Accepted by

  • Goldblatt, P. & Manning, J.C. (2007). A revision of the southern African genus Babiana, Iridaceae: Crocoideae Strelitzia 18: 1-98. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
  • Govaerts, R. (1996). World Checklist of Seed Plants 2(1, 2): 1-492. MIM, Deurne.

Literature

Flora Zambesiaca

  • G.J. Lewis in J. S. African Bot., Suppl. 3 (1959).
  • in Bot. Mag. 16: t. 576 (1802).

Flora Zambesiaca
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Herbarium Catalogue Specimens

Kew Backbone Distributions
The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2021. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
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Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2021. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
© Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0