Stem plane at base or protruding beneath bulb, roots thick and branched. Storage leaves imbricate, white or green. Foliage leaves often with vinaceous spots. Scapes 1-14, ± compressed, succulent; racemes dense, pedicels short, flowers nodding. Bracts and prophylls small, sometimes lacking. Perigone free, campanulate, brownish green to purple. Filaments basally connate with perigone, upper part usually vinaceous, contiguous with the style. Ovary green, distinctly stipitate, above the stipe with a plate forming the base of the gugelhupf-shaped upper part of the ovary. Locules with 2 ovules side by side. Style usually at least partly vinaceous. Capsule globose to oblong. Seeds drop-shaped, black. Cotyledon short, hypogeal, followed by 1 foliage leaf.