Sparaxis bulbiferaCommon name: Harlequin Flower

Meaning of name: Sparaxis is from the Greek word sparasso, meaning to tear. Bulbifera is from the Latin words bulbus, meaning bulb, and fero, to bear.

Distribution:  A garden escapee, this plant now occurs from Perth to Albany.

Remarks: A plant to 60 centimetres tall. The cream flowers are produced in September and October. This plant is native to South Africa.

References: Western Weeds, A Guide to the Weeds of Western Australia. BMJ Hussey, GJ Keighery, J Dodd, SG Lloyd, RD Cousens. 1997.
Western Australian Plant Names and their Meanings, a Glossary. FA Sharr. 1996.
Flora of the Perth Region. NG Marchant, JR Wheeler, BL Rye, EM Bennett, NS Lander, TD Macfarlane. 1987.