Babiana angustifolia Sweet

Hort. Brit. 396 (1826) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Herb, 12–40 cm high; corm 1.5–2.5 cm diam. Leaves with petiole 0.5–6 cm long; lamina oblong, 7–17 cm long, 0.7–1.7 cm wide. Inflorescence with scape unbranched or with one branch, 3–10-flowered. Basal 'outer' primary bract 1–1.8 cm long, with apex dry and membranous, brown; distal 'inner' primary bract dry and membranous, split to the base. Flowers actinomorphic, erect. Perianth tube 1–1.8 cm long, straight, glabrous, purple to blue; lobes 1.8–2.5 cm long, 0.7–1.2 cm wide. Stamens asymmetrically arranged to one side of the flower; anthers 4–6 mm long, purple, rarely yellow. Style branches level with anthers, purple. Flowers Sep.–Nov.

*GipP, *HNF, *HSF, *NIS, *OtP, *VVP. Once collected from near Geelong (1909) and more recently noted as naturalised at several scattered sites across Victoria, usually in sandy soils.

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 (as Babiana stricta (Sol.) Ker Gawl.).
Updated by: Andre Messina, 2018-07-10
Distribution map
life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Asparagales
family Iridaceae
genus Babiana
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Babiana angustifolia in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Babiana angustifolia in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Otway Plain present introduced
Northern Inland Slopes present naturalised
Highlands-Southern Fall present introduced
Highlands-Northern Fall present introduced

State distribution

Distribution map
Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales