Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Introduced

Perennial herb, leaves and flowers annual; corm globose, with outer layers fibrous and fibres extended distally. Leaves several, basal, hairy, sheathing at base, petiolate; lamina usually oblong to narrowly ovate, usually plicate. Inflorescence with scape short, erect, 3-many-flowered; primary bracts herbaceous or dry and membranous. Flowers actinomorphic or zygomorphic; perianth tube straight or slightly curved, cylindric basally, funnel-shaped distally, lobes equal; stamens symmetrically or asymmetrically arranged around the style, anthers basifixed, narrowly ovate; style with 3 entire branches. Capsule obvoid to globose; seeds numerous.

About 60 species, in southern Africa; a few species cultivated as garden ornamentals, 1 naturalised in Australia and Victoria.

Source: Conn, B.J. (1994). Iridaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 2, Ferns and Allied Plants, Conifers and Monocotyledons. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Hero image
life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Asparagales
family Iridaceae
Higher taxa
genus Babiana
Subordinate taxa