Glabrous, inodorous herb with bulbs. Leaves radical, linear, flat, 15-45 cm by 5-12 mm. Stamens 6, inserted on the base of the perianth; Ovary with many ovules per locule. Fruit a capsule, loculicidally 3-valved. Seeds several, black.
Asia-Tropical: Jawa (Jawa cultivated), W Java, subtropical North America
Native to subtropical North America; cultivated as an ornamental, often escaped and naturalized. In Java sometimes cultivated, locally naturalized in W Java (Backer & Bakh. f., l.c).
The species was mentioned by Jessop (l.c.) in the Flora Malesiana treatment of Liliaceae, in which treatment the cultivated vegetables and condiments were ignored.