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Sparaxis grandiflora

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Flowering stems 3045cm high, usually with a few cormules. Leaves shorter, sword-shaped. Flowers 4.8-6cm across, deep red-purple, usually marked with white blotches and margins, spring. Cape, in sandveld. S.g. subsp. acutiloba has rich yellow flowers, each lobe with a basal black or purple spot. S.g. subsp. fimbriata has shorter leaves and paler yellow, dark-spotted flowers often also with a purplish flush on the lobe tips.

a, S. grandiflora; b, S. tricolor;