Haemodorum, thought to be from the Greek haima blood and dorum gift alluding to the red pigments in the roots. Herbs with rhizomes, tubers or bulbs, leaves basal with sheathing leaf bases; raphides and red pigments common in the roots, sap also often red except in one subfamily. Flowers usually carried well above the leaves, regular to irregular, 3-merous. Fruit a capsule.