Botanical name: Sparaxis tricolor Family: Iridaceae (Iris family)
Synonyms: Sparaxis blanda, Sparaxis versicolor, Sparaxis griffinii
Harlequin Flower is a bulb forming perennial herb, with a fan-shaped tuft of linear or narrowly lance-shaped leaves at the base, bearing funnel-shaped flowers borne in loose spikes. In winter & spring, it produces stems, up to about 45 cm, bearing small clusters of attractive flowers. Harlequin Flowers are orange scarlet, with a yellow center edged with reddish black. Tepals are nearly equal, 2.5-3.3 cm, lanceshaped. Stamens are symmetrical, filaments touching each other, 6-7 mm, anthers yellow, linear, 8-9 mm; style slender. It grows on damp clay and stony soils in the northwest Cape and flowers. It is one of the species used in hybridizing and is widely cultivated.
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