Baboon Flower, Babiana stricta

The Baboon Flower, or Babiana stricta, the most familiar species of Babiana, grows in Cape Province, South Africa. This plant is typically used as an ornamental plant. It is classified in the Iridaceae family and the Crocoideae subfamily. The baboon flower grows from a corm into not so large, but very colorful blooms. It exists in many different hybrids and variations with multi colored flowers, but usually pink or blue with white embellishments. These flowers are gathered in an inflorescence and have a satisfying fragrance imitating that of lemon. The seeds are black in color with a hard coating around a seed capsule. The baboon flower reveals linear venation in its leaves. The height of the plant is between 4 to 6 inches without the inflorescence.

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