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Perennial herb from a deep, papery-scaled, egg-shaped bulb; flowering stems usually erect, 10-30 cm tall, unbranched, smooth, often with bulblets in the axils of the leaves.
Basal leaf solitary, linear to lanceolate, flat, 10-30 cm long, 5-15 mm wide, usually shorter than the stem, smooth, tapering to both ends, sheathing at the base, the margins entire; stem leaves lacking.
Inflorescence a terminal cluster of 1 to 5, erect or spreading, stalked flowers, above 2 or more narrowly lanceolate, unequal bracts; flowers yellowish-white, sometimes with purplish pencilling, bowl-shaped; petals 3, distinct, egg-shaped to lanceolate, 2-2.5 cm long, clawed, fringed on the margins and moderately bearded on the inside with slender hairs on the lower half above the claw, the nectar gland small, nearly circular, dark-coloured; sepals oblong-lanceolate with long-tapering tip, shorter than the petals, smooth; stamens 6, anthers abruptly long-pointed at the tips; pistil 1, 3-chambered.
Capsules, ellipsoid, about 2.5 cm long; 3-winged, nodding; seeds many, straw-coloured.
Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia