Herbs perennial, cormous. Corm covered with a tunic. Stem erect, leafy. Leaves several, scattered, sessile, linear. Flowers solitary or several in a terminal corymb, small; bracts leaflike; pedicels long. Tepals 6, free, spreading, rather narrow, clawed, usually caducous. Stamens 6, inserted at base of tepals; filaments short, slightly flat; anthers versatile, extrorse. Ovary 3-loculed, ovoid to oblong; ovules many per locule. Style short, apically 3-lobed, adaxially stigmatic. Fruit a loculicidal capsule. Seeds many, subglobose; testa brown, thin.
Capsule oblong to oblong-ovoid, loculicidal, papyraceous; seeds subglobose, papillate, with a distinct raphe.
Stamens free; filaments filiform, often thickened; anthers oblong, basifixed, versatile, dehiscing extrorsely by longitudinal slits
Ovary oblong; styles 3, free, short, strongly recurved
Flowers small and inconspicuous, perianth segments free, linear to narrowly linear-lanceolate, spreading
Plants small, with a tunicated, bulb-like corm; stem erect, sometimes flexuous, simple, lowermost leaf or leaves a membranous, sheathing, tubular cataphyll, not protracted into a leaf-blade
Leaves spirally arranged, linear, sessile, basally sheathing the stem