/ (spəˈræksɪs) /


any plant of the cormous S African genus Sparaxis, esp S. grandiflora and S. tricolor, grown for their dainty spikes of star-shaped purple, red, or orange flowers: family Iridaceae

Word Origin for sparaxis

New Latin, from Greek sparassein to tear (from the appearance of the spathes)
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Examples from the Web for sparaxis

  • The known species of Dierama, known in gardens as Sparaxis, are pendula and pulcherrimum.

    The Book of Bulbs|Samuel Arnott