1835Penny CyclopaediaIII. 226Those strange Babianas which one so seldom sees in their beauty in our English gardens.
1887J.F. SewellPrivate Diary (1983) 76I took out some Babiana bulbs with my fork.
1906B. StonemanPlants & their Ways 197Babiana, Flowers usually regular, frequently violet, sometimes milk-white or sulphur-yellow.
1936E.C. LlewellynInfluence of Low Dutch 166Babiana (1835), a genus of bulbotuberous Iridaceae with handsome purple, yellow, or scarlet flowers; the modern Latin name is an adaptation of the Afrik. babianer, i.e. baboon plants, so named because their tubers are eaten by baboons.
1970M.R. Levyns inStd Encycl. of Sn Afr.I. 628Babiana, Bobbejaantjie, Sixty species of this flower of the family Iridaceae are native to South Africa.
1991D.M. MooreGarden Earth 195Dwarf, drought-tolerant shrubs..are common. So too are plants with underground storage organs (bulbs, corms and rhizomes) such as Haemanthus, Oxalis and Babiana (named after the Afrikaans term for the baboon, bobbejaan, which digs up the corms for food).
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