herbs, rootstock short, horizontal. Leaves linear or lanceolate, narrow,
subplicately nerved. Scapes erect. Flowers small, racemed, bracts scarious.
Perianth lobes 6, subequal, spreading, connate below into short, campanulate
tube. Stamens 6, connate in a ring, almost closing the mouth of perianth-tube, filaments short, anthers
subsessile, introrse, dehiscence linear. Carpels 3, ovary 3-clled, stigma
subesessile, 3-lobed, ovules 2 or more per cell, anatropous. Fruit a berry,
imperfect. Seeds few, burst through the pericarp during ripening and rest on
the withered perianth base.