Scientific Name:
Sparaxis Ker Gawl. in Ker Gawler, Ann. Bot. [König & Sims] 1: 225 (1804)
  • = Synnotia Sweet., Brit. Fl. Gard. [Sweet] Pl. 150–next 2 pp (1826) – as Synnetia

Summer-green, grass-like perennial. Corm small, globose; tunic fibrous. Leaves basal and distichous, a few cauline; cormils sometimes in leaf-axils. Inflorescence simple or branched, few-flowered. Flowers large, cream or brightly coloured, actinomorphic or sub-zygomorphic, each within 2 dry, scarious, usually lacerate spathe-valves; tube short, straight, cylindrical below, funnel-shaped above; lobes ± equal, > tube. Stamens asymmetric or symmetrical. Style-branches 3, entire. Capsule globose, firmly membranous. Seeds many, globose.

[From: Healy and Edgar (1980) Flora of New Zealand. Volume 3.]

Number of species in New Zealand within Sparaxis Ker Gawl.
Exotic: Fully Naturalised3
Hobbs, J.; Hatch, T. 1994: Bulbs for New Zealand Gardens. Godwit Press, Auckland.
Ker Gawler, J.B. 1804: Ensatarum Ordo. Annals of Botany [Edited by König & Sims] 1: 219–247.
Mabberley, D.J. 2008: Mabberley's plant book, a portable dictionary of plants, their classification and uses. Edition 3. Cambridge University Press.
Sweet, R. 1825–1827: British Flower Garden. Vol. 2. James Ridgeway & Sons, London.