Deciduous bulbous herbs. Bulb usually with a neck of old leaf bases. Leaves 1-few, usually following flowering, slender, glabrous, sometimes spiralled. Inflorescence 1-flowered; scape reduced, mostly shorter than bulb-neck; spathe lanceolate, sheathing. Flower regular, white, fugacious; pedicel reduced. Tepals connate into a long, usually very slender, cylindric tube somewhat dilated towards mouth; segments subequal, ascending, much shorter than tube. Stamens in 2 series, 3 arising in perigone throat and 3 below throat; filaments filiform, short, free to base; anthers linear, basifixed in inner series, dorsifixed in outer series, +/- as long as filaments. Ovary enclosed within spathe and bulb-neck; ovules many per locule; style filiform; stigma apical, obscurely 3-lobed. Fruit indehiscent, clavate and succulent or ellipsoid with thin walls, rupturing irregularly. Seeds globose, dark or with a translucent outer layer; embryo green. x = 6.
Species +/- 6, endemic to sthn Afr., ranging from Gauteng, Mpumalanga, Swaziland and Free State to KwaZulu-Natal, the Western and Eastern Cape.

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Scratchpads developed and conceived by (alphabetical): Ed Baker, Katherine Bouton Alice Heaton Dimitris Koureas, Laurence Livermore, Dave Roberts, Simon Rycroft, Ben Scott, Vince Smith