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2012-06-08 13:40:34

Inflorescence architecture of Babiana ringens may have evolved in response to selective pressures from both herbivores and pollinators Floral displays, such as the color, shape, size, and arrangement of flowers, are typically thought to have evolved primarily in response to selection by pollinators–for animal-pollinated species, being able to attract animal vectors is vital to an individual plant's reproductive success. But can herbivores also exert similarly strong selective forces...

2011-09-06 12:41:14

Across the western Cape of South Africa can be found small plants in the Iris family called Babiana. Flitting between them are sunbirds, small colourful birds like the African version of hummingbirds, that drink the nectar of flowers and in doing so pollinate them. New research to be published early next year in a special edition on plant mating in the Annals of Botany (http://j.mp/pRSzzC) by De Waal, Anderson and Barrett shows that while birds are important for plant reproduction, when it...


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2009-04-23 10:13:13

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...

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