Perennial herbs with tunicate corms. Roots fibrous. Leaves annual, linear with tubular, sheathing base, cauline. Inflorescence a scapose, terminal bracteate raceme sometimes reduced to a solitary flower. Flowers bisexual; perianth segments subequal, free, clawed; stamens 6, attached to perianth near base, filaments filiform, anthers dorsifixed, versatile, dehiscing by lateral slits; ovary superior, 3-locular, ovules numerous; styles 3, filiform. Fruit a septicidal trigonous capsule; seeds numerous, brown.
A monotypic South African genus; naturalised in WA and Victoria.