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Perennial herbs with tunicate bulbs. Leaves few, simple, linear or lorate, appearing with or after the flowers. Flowers solitary, within a spathe-like bract at the top of a long, fistular scape. Perianth funnelform, straight or somewhat declinate, tube short or long, tepals 6, in 2 series of 3 each, united at base. Stamens 6, adnate to perianth base, filaments long, anthers linear, dorsifixed. Carpels 3, connate to 3-celled ovary, ovules many, style long, stigma 3-lobed. Fruit a capsule, subglobose or depressed. Seeds black, slightly flattened.

Key to the species

Serial Key Reference
1a. Spathe 2-fid Z. grandiflora
1b. Spathe not 2-fid Z. tubispatha