A rather rude name for this unusual fritillary even if its aroma is not its most enticing feature. Each stem has 2–4 pendulous flowers. The petals are 18–35 mm with outcurved tips, pale green with brownish streaks, brownish-streaked and striped inside. Yellow anthers surround the 3-cleft spreading style. There are 5–12 leaves, crowded below the mid-stem.