Subordinate Taxa
Scientific Name:
Babiana Ker Gawl. ex Sims, Bot. Mag. 15: 539 (1801)
Vernacular Name(s):
Baboon flower

Summer-green perennial. Corm small; tunic very tough. Stems usually hairy. Leaves usually strongly plicate. Spike simple or branched, pubescent. Flowers rich blue, mauve, crimson, cream or white, subzygomorphic, each within 2 lanceolate, hairy spathe-valves; tube straight, cylindric at base, widening to funnel-shaped above. Stamens asymmetrical. Style-branches short, undivided, usually flattened towards tip. Capsule many-seeded.

[From: Healy and Edgar (1980) Flora of New Zealand. Volume 3.]

Number of species in New Zealand within Babiana Ker Gawl. ex Sims
Exotic: Fully Naturalised2
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