Schönland, Trans. Roy. Soc. South Africa 1: 441 (1910)
Plants with hysteranthous leaves, solitary, inflorescence up to 140 mm high. Tuber pyriform to irregularly-shaped, with rounded warts, up to 40 mm long and 24 mm wide; skin pale brown, interior pink to maroon red; growing point basal. Old leaf sheaths up to 60 mm long and 3-4 mm diameter, widening up to 8 mm near ground level, membranous. Leaf solitary, erect; contemporary leaf sheath exserted about 15 mm, densely covered with curly, stellate hair-clusters often giving a greyish woolly appearance; lamina ovate to orbicular-cordate, up to 18 mm long and 22 mm wide, abaxial surface densely woolly, adaxial surface often glabrous; young laminae prostrate, orbicular to broadly ovate-cordate, 7 mm from apex to the depression and 10 mm wide, apex retrorse, upper surface with stellate hair clusters on raised areas, simple, terete enations with stellate hairs forming as the plant matures; mature laminae with enations arising from a single short stipe, up to 10 mm long, from the centre of the lamina, forming about five main branches about 18 mm long then much-branched heads, forming a semicircular mop up to 50 mm across, all covered with stellate clusters of long, curly hairs. Peduncular bract barely exserted, membranous. Peduncle up to 75 mm long, glabrous. Raceme dense, cylindrical or narrowly conical, up to 75 mm long and 30 mm wide, with up to 30 flowers. Bracts ovate acute, 2.0-2.5 mm long, membranous, colourless with a reddish-brown midnerve. Pedicels lowest up to 8 mm long, upper shorter. Flowers triangular, spreading when fully open, up to 10 mm diameter. Tepals dimorphic, white with conspicuous green midnerve sometimes overlaid with red streaking, especially near the apex; outer tepals sub-erect to spreading, elliptic, attenuate, 6 mm long and 1.8 mm wide, inner erect, spathulate with crisped apices. Filaments subequal, adnate to the base of the tepals, broadly ovate, pale yellow, inner slightly narrower than the outer. Ovary globose to subglobose, pale green. Style cylindrical, about as long as the ovary, white.