Bulbous perennial; bulb globose, producing runners or stolons. Leaves few, basal, strap-shaped, not developing fully until after flowering, bluntly acute at apex, gradually tapered to sheathing base, 30-70 cm long, l-5 cm wide. Scapes hollow, as long as or longer than leaves, with a pair of lanceolate bracts to 6 cm long at apex; flowers 2-4; pedicels to 7 cm long; perianth funnelform, showy, red-orange, greenish within near base, to 11 cm long and wide, the tube 2-3 cm long, the lobes 6-8 cm long, to 3.5 cm wide, the inner ones narrower; stamens 6, to 10 cm long, shorter than tepals, prominently arched toward center of perianth; filaments orange above middle; anthers ca 7 mm long; style ca 10 cm long; stigma exceeding stamens, capitate but obscurely 3-lobed. Fruits not seen. Croat 14052. Cultivated at the Laboratory Clearing. Mexico to South America; West Indies; Old World tropics. In Panama, cultivated at various places.