African Plant Database

Babiana bainesii Baker
Information on the genus : Babiana
Status for SA : accepted (present)
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Babiana hypogea var. ensifolia G. J. Lewis
 Babiana hypogea var. longituba G. J. Lewis
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Babiana schlechteri Baker (1901)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Herb 15-25 cm tall, sometimes in tufts; stem underground, often branched; leaves linear to sword-shaped, 15-25x0,3-1 cm, much exceeding flowers, densely hairy, scabrid or virtually smooth; flowers zygomorphic, 2-8 in a compact spike borne below ground, shades of blue to violet or mauve, tepals paler (rarely white), lower lateral tepals with white markings often edged in dark blue; perianth tube: 3,5-7 cm long, tepals: - dorsal 0,4-0,5 cm long, upper laterals joined to lower tepals for c. 0,6 cm to form a lip, - lower: 2,5-4 cm long; fruit unknown.
Ecology : Kalahari sand, stony laterite in open woodland or grassland; c. 950 m alt.
  Near B. hypogaea Burch. [syn.: Antholyza hypogaea (Burch.) Klatt] but this species has flowers in shades of yellowish to buff (dry tepals often with purple median streak).
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carte afrique num 20633
Record n°20633
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