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Perennial herb from a bulb of several larger, fleshy scales subtended by numerous small, rice-grain bulblets; stems 20-60 (80) cm tall, sturdy, smooth.
Usually in 2 or 3 main whorls of 5 to 10 on the upper part of the stem, with a few scattered and alternate near the tip, lanceolate, 5-10 cm long, 0.5-2.5 cm wide, smooth.
Inflorescence of usually several, spreading to nodding, relatively short-stalked flowers in the axils of upper leaves; flowers bronze to purplish-brown or nearly black, rarely yellowish-green, rarely mottled, narrowly bell-shaped, of 6 similar, distinct tepals, the tepals oblong-lanceolate to elliptic or egg-shaped, 2-3 cm long, 6-12 mm wide, ridged lengthwise on the inner surface; stamens 6; pistil 1, 3-chambered.
Capsules, erect, barrel-shaped, bluntly 6-angled, wings lacking, 2-3.5 cm long; seeds numerous, flattened.
Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia