Similar to Ixia, but with a short perianth-tube widening into a funnel-shaped limb, and scarious lacerated or rarely entire bracts. Species numerous and beautiful, all from South Africa. Leaves ensiform; flowers on flexuous or zigzag scapes, large, distant and brilliantly coloured. S. tricolor is one of the handsomest and most widely spread species, and many very distinct and beautiful varieties have been raised from it. The name is derived from 12 Sparaxis 428 to lacerate, referring to the torn bracts.