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Babiana stricta (Aiton) Ker Gawl.
Family Iridaceae
Babiana stricta (Aiton) Ker Gawl. APNI*

Synonyms: Ixia scillaris Mill. APNI*
Ixia scillaris Mill. APNI*

Description: Herb 12–40 cm high; corm 15–25 mm diam.

Leaves 6–8 in a fan-shaped cluster; lamina oblong, acute, 7–17 cm long, 7–17 mm wide, folded longitudinally, pubescent; petiole 0.5–6 cm long.

Scape simple or 2-branched, exceeding leaves, pubescent; spike straight, erect, 3–10-flowered; outer spathe bract oblong, 10–18 mm long, herbaceous, pubescent, the apex brown, scarious; inner bract slightly shorter, split to base, acute, scarious. Perianth erect, glabrous, purple to blue; tube straight, 10–18 mm long; lobes obovate to oblong, 18–25 mm long, 7–12 mm wide. Stamens with anthers grouped to 1 side of style. Ovary 3–4 mm long, villous.

Flowering: September–October

Distribution and occurrence: Grows along roadsides, in wasteland and in sclerophyll forest; cultivated, occasionally naturalized in coastal districts and in the Sydney regions.
NSW subdivisions: *NC, *CC
Other Australian states: *Vic. *W.A. *S.A.
AVH map***

Text by T. A. James & E. A. Brown
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)

APNI* Provides a link to the Australian Plant Name Index (hosted by the Australian National Botanic Gardens) for comprehensive bibliographic data
***The AVH map option provides a detailed interactive Australia wide distribution map drawn from collections held by all major Australian herbaria participating in the Australian Virtual Herbarium project.
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