Merckl. ex Bunge, Mém. Sav. Étr. Acad. St. Pétersbourg 7: 512 (1831)
PLANTS 5–15(-20) cm tall, solitary. BULBS ovoid to ovoid-globose, 1.0–1.5 cm long x 0.5–1.0 cm in diameter; tunics coriaceous, brown to black, ocasionally grey; neck usually weakly developed, to 0.5 cm long; bulbils present, ovoid to globose, 1.0–2.5 x 1.0– 2.0 mm, papilate or foveolate. ROOTS thin, not enveloping the bulb. Stem erect; subterranean part 1.0–3.5(-4.5) cm; aerial part 2.0–3.5 cm, glabrous. RADICAL LEAF linear, longer than the inflorescence (50.0–)70.0–140.0(-165.0) x 0.5–1.5 mm, glabrous. CAULINE LEAVES alternate; the lowest one narrowly linear-lanceolate, gradually narrowing, clasping the stem, 30.0–55.0(-95.0) x (1.0–) 2.0–3.0 mm, equal to or slightly longer than the inflorescence, glabrous or villose-ciliate, upper ones shorter, villous-ciliate.BRACTEOLE [S] sometimes present. INFLORESCENCE cymose, 3–10(-15)-flowered; pedicels unequal, erect, 0.5–3.0 cm, as long as the flowers or up to 3 times longer, nodding before anthesis; glabrous. TEPALS 5.0–10.0 x 1.0–2.5 mm, linear-elliptic to linear- oblanceolate, abaxially green, adaxially yellow to pale-yellow, obtuse to acute, glabrous. STAMENS 2/3– 3/4 as long as the perianth; filaments 4–6 mm long; anthers yellow, spherical to ellipsoid, 0.5–1.2 mm long x 0.5–1.0 mm in diameter. OVARY pyriform, sometimes a distinct stipe at the base, 2.0–4.0 mm long x 1.5–2.0 mm in diameter, style 3–4 mm, stigma capitate; capsule ovoid with ±distinct stipe at the base.