Stems 10-15cm tall. Basal leaves two, linear, to 2.5mm wide, appearing in autumn. Stem leaves few, lanceolate. Flowers in umbellate clusters of up to seven, nodding and reddish in bud, 1.6-2cm across, opening yellow, the tepals elliptic. South-eastern Europe and Turkey, in open forest, scrub and stony slopes up to 1450m.