Herbs, achlorophyllous, heterotrophic. Stems absent. Leaves absent. Inflorescences racemes or cymes, erect at emergence from soil, axis fleshy but not fibrous, usually not persistent after seed dispersal, pink to cream, 1–4 cm diam. proximal to proximalmost flower. Pedicels erect, somewhat elongate in fruit; bracteoles absent. Flowers radially symmetric, erect; sepals absent or 2–4(–5), distinct, lateral pair clasping corolla, canoe-shaped, other pair appressed to corolla, flattened; petals 4(–5), connate, cream to pink, without basal tubercles, (abaxial surfaces glabrous, adaxial surfaces densely hairy), corolla tubular-campanulate; intrastaminal nectary disc present; stamens 8(–10), included; filaments ± uniformly slender, hairy; anthers elongate, without awns, without tubules, dehiscent by 2 elongate, gaping slits, sacs not connate; pistil 5-carpellate; ovary 1-locular; placentation intruded-parietal; style straight, stout; stigma umbilicate, subtended by ring of hairs. Fruits baccate, erect, (fleshy), indehiscent, (axis fleshy). Seeds 25–100, ovoid, not winged. x = 52.
w North America.
Species 1: w North America.