Babiana

(said to come from Dutch for baboon, be cause those animals eat the bulbs). Iriddceez. About 50 cormous plants of S. Afr. Fls. showy, red Orpurplish, in a short spike-like cluster or raceme, tubular at the base, the segments with claws or narrow bases, and the limb erect-spreading: ovary 3-loculed: lvs. narrow, hairy, plaited, standing edgewise to the stem. Low plants, of easy culture it treated like freesias or hya cinths. Three or 4 corms in a 4-in. pot give attractive bloom in March or later. Grown only indoors or under frames in the N. They are showy and useful plants. Monogr. by Baker in Handbook of the lridese, 1892.