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Babiana is a genus of bulbous plants native to South African. The name refers to the Dutch word 'baviaan' (=baboon), since those monkeys use to consume the edible corms. ;)

There are maybe 80 different species of Babiana but if one orders a couple of corms from a bulb nursery one will often get a not very distinctive mixture of varieties only (mostly of Babiana stricta). This is a shame since many species are very beautiful, small growing iris-like plants with long-lasting, fragrant flowers in almost every color - white, red, yellow, and all shades of blue. It can be an amazing job to sow some seeds of Babiana species and then select good types from the seedlings, such as this fine variety of Babiana angustifolia with indigo blue flowers displaying a tiny red 'butterfly' on each of the lower petals. :aww:

Babianas are quite easy to grow but not hardy in countries with longer periods of frost in winter. So they have to be lifted in fall and stored in a dry room. And hm, if one has no storage room one can simply eat the corms as a kind of exotic meal. :chew:
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satishverma Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Wonderful flowers beautiful color.
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maska13 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012
:) Nice Baboon :) Beautiful colors and awesome details and focus!
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Euxiom Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012
What a gorgeous photo!
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Good-e-nuf Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012
This is certainly different! Nice work, nice flower.

Walt
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Althytrion Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012
Thanks a lot, Walt! :bow:
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Snowman4 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012
WOW! Stunning!!
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Althytrion Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012
Thank you very much, David! :thanks:
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Aussie-Blonde Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012
what a very rich colour Kevin..... truly a amazing plant with his rich colours... !!:iconredroseplz: :rose::iconboxloveplz:
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Althytrion Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012
Thank you very much, dear Linley! :blowkiss:
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Aussie-Blonde Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012
with pleasure Kevin alwaysssssssssss:iconcheerplz:
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Aussie-Blonde Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012
U are most welcome Dear Kevin:huggle:
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012
Wow! What vibrant color - looks almost like you're shooting under a black light :love:

(are you suuuuure the name comes from baboons eating the corms? looks to me like maybe the red is a bit like a baboon's bottom :giggle:)
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Althytrion Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012
Yup, the color is a very deep blue. :nod:

LOL :giggle: I never read about such an interpretation of the name Babiana but you're right ... :o Thank you very much, Ruth! :hug:
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Helens-Serendipity Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh wow... what a stunner :nod:
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Althytrion Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012
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Thank you so much, dear Helen! :blowkiss:
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Helens-Serendipity Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
My pleasure :nod:
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flowershot400 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:iconwowplz::iconfaint-plz: soo intense color and beauty:icongiantlovehug: Great info. I would fav if it was just that! Thanks for sharing :heart:
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Althytrion Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012
You're most welcome, and thank you very much! :hug:
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flowershot400 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
My pleasure:heart:
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ArtBYbeverly Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I would love to seriously paint these beautiful Babiana, the color is just stunning...and your capture is just incredible! Thank you so much for sharing the information on these unusual flower! Wonderful butterfly effect on the petals!
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Althytrion Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012
Thank you very much, dear Beverly! :hug:
Feel free to use this picture (or any other of my flower photos)! :nod:
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ArtBYbeverly Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I am thrilled, thank you so much and of course I will credit you and link to your beautiful photos :huggle:
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glunac Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012   General Artist
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Althytrion Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012
Thank you very much, dear Gloria! :hug:
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Nataly1st Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012   Digital Artist
Wow, fantastic indigo color!!! So clear!!:love:
Excellent shot, my dear Kevin!! :blowkiss:
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Althytrion Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012
Thank you very much, dear Nataly! :hug::blowkiss:
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erene Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012
Gorgeous blue flowers, wow!
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Althytrion Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012
Thank you very much, dear Erene! :hug:
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erene Featured By Owner May 16, 2013
You are welcome :)
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glunac Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012   General Artist
Fantastic color! Love the splotches of red on the petals, how unusual, it's almost an abstract looking flower design.
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Althytrion Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012
Yes, these Babianas are among my most special flowers, and the blue is so dark that I could only take the pic with some additional flashlight. :)

Thank you very much, Gloria! :thanks:
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Forestina-Fotos Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow - that is one intense looking flower! :)
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Althytrion Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012
Yes, it has a wonderful color! :nod:

Thank you very much, my friend! :blowkiss:
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LemnosExplorer Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Professional Artist
:clap::clap::clap::clap: awesome colour. love the touch of red in the petals :D
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Althytrion Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012
Thank you very much, my firend Vassilis! :thanks:

The color is great but it's not easy to capture it with the cam. ;)
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LemnosExplorer Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Professional Artist
this is the reason i like so much :D
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TomKilbane Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
ah knowledge!!!!!
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Althytrion Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012
Yes! :nod:
Thank you very much, Tom! :thanks:
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Biutz Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Delicious :giggle:
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Althytrion Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012
Yup! :nod: The corms are said to taste spicy and sweet, according to the German Wikipedia. ;)

Thanks a lot, Bianca! :hug:
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Biutz Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:giggle: My pleasure, dear Kevin, I missed your photos you know ;)
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snoogaloo Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
wow! such wonderful color and such great focus, too!! :thumbsup:
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Althytrion Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012
Thank you very much, Rich! :thanks:
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snoogaloo Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
aww, you're very welcome :)
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crazygardener Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012
WOW!! Nice!!
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Althytrion Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012
Thank you very much, Dave! :thanks:
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crazygardener Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012
your so welcome
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