Fernkloof Nature Reserve
Scientific name - Sparaxis grandiflora
Common name - Fluweelblom, Botterblom
Red datalist - Endangered
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Habitat Damp clay flats and slopes.
Flowering time August to September
Description Unbranched geophyte, bearing a few globose cormlets in the lowest joints of the stems after flowering. Leaves 6-10, outcurving, 4-13mm wide, shorter than the stem. Flowers 35-45mm long, long lasting, may be cream, red-purple, violet or yellow with a yellow, purple or black eye, with or without dark markings. Bracts with long, dark cusps. Four subspecies are recognized.
From Greek: sparasso = 1 tear: lacerated bracts.
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