Fauna and Flora Friday: 12 March 2021

Babiana nana, Bobbejaantjie

It is a genus of flowering plants in the family Iridaceae composed of about 80 recognized species. The majority of these species are endemic to the Cape Provinces of South Africa, especially Namaqualand, as well Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, and Zimbabwe

Cormous perennials, often with hairy stems. Leaves sword- or wedge-shaped, pleated, and usually hairy. Flowers in a 2- ranked or spiral spike, subtended by green, usually hairy bracts with dry tips (rarely dry and papery), often blue, less commonly white, yellow, pink, or red, bowl-shaped or 2-lipped, the tepals united into a short or long tube; the stamens either arched together or symmetrically arranged, the style dividing into three short branches. Southern Africa, mainly winter-rainfall parts. The corms are favored by baboons and porcupines, hence the allusion in the vernacular name bobbejaantjie.

Babiana nana, Bobbejaantjie, Postberg, West Coast National Park
Babiana nana, Bobbejaantjie, Postberg, West Coast National Park
Babiana nana, Bobbejaantjie, Postberg, West Coast National Park
Babiana nana, Bobbejaantjie, Postberg, West Coast National Park

“Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.” ~Frank Lloyd Write

Thank you very much for taking the time to read my post. I hope you also learned something new today.

Have a fabulous day. Till next time, please stay safe and healthy.

Coreen

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