Cormous geophyte to 25 cm. Leaves lanceolate and channelled, spirally arranged. Flowers usually pedicellate, orange, styles free, hooked.
Deciduous geophyte, (50-)100-300 mm. Corn obliquely ovoid with small, crescent-shaped basal ridge, 5-10 mm diam.; tunics dark brown, leathery. Leaves 5-8, mostly congested in a basal fan but only lowermost truly basal, narrowly lanceolate-attenuate, canaliculate, largest with blade 100-300 x 5-10 mm, stem-clasping at base, uppermost almost entirely sheathing. Inflorescence racemose or sub-spicate, 1-5-flowered, lower flowers shortly pedicellate on stout pedicels 2-10 mm long, upper flowers successively more sessile, lowermost 1 or 2 flowers only with associated bract, remainder ebracteate; bracts thread-like or awl-shaped, lowermost largest, up to 25 x 1 mm. Flowers suberect, unscented, yellow to orange flushed red on reverse with tepal claws dark maroon adaxially; tepals free, ± erect below and flaring above, oblanceolate, 15-28 x 3-5 mm, narrowed below into channelled claw 3-12 mm long, abscising after flowering. Stamens adnate to tepal claw; filaments filiform, free parts ±3 mm long, dark maroon; anthers 2-4 mm long, dorsifixed, latrorse, yellow. Ovary cylindrical and 3-lobed, 7-10 mm long, with 3 short, hooked styles ±0.5 mm long, green. Capsule septicidal, cylindrical and 3-lobed, 30-50 mm long, woody, dehiscing only in distal quarter. Seeds subglobose but angled by pressure, 1.0-1.5 mm diam., reddish brown, testa finely reticulate.