Marloth ex Archibald, J. S. African Bot. 26: 134 (1960)
Plants with hysteranthous leaves, solitary or clump-forming, inflorescence up to 500 mm high. Tuber simple or compound forming an irregularly shaped mass, 50-70 mm long and up to 30 mm wide; skin horny, dark greyish-brown, interior maroon red; growing point basal to lateral. Old leaf sheaths up to 70 mm long and 5 mm diameter, brown, membranous. Leaf one from each growing point, several per compound tuber, prostrate; contemporary leaf sheath barely exserted, pubescent towards the lamina; lamina orbicular-cordate, apiculate, up to 70 mm wide and 65 mm from apex to depression and 80 mm from apex to lobes, adaxial surface glaucous green, abaxial surface silvery-grey, both surfaces covered with very fine soft hairs; dead brown leaves persisting after the new leaves have formed; margin ciliate. Peduncular bract barely exserted, sheathing except for 1 mm at the apex, reddish-brown. Peduncle about 250 mm long, 2 mm diameter, reddish-brown at the base becoming green above, glabrous. Raceme very lax 170 mm long and 40 mm wide, with up to 40 flowers. Bracts triangular, 1.5-2.0 mm long, saccate, membranous, white with a reddish-brown midnerve. Pedicels with the lower up to 38 mm long, the distal about 14 mm long, arcuate. Flowers triangular, spreading, up to 9 mm diameter. Tepals dimorphic, white with a green midnerve overlaid with faint red streaking; outer tepals half-spreading, elliptic, 5 mm long and 1.5 mm wide, inner erect, broadly spathulate, apex pinched-in and fimbriate, 5 mm long and 3 mm. Filaments equal, adnate to the base of the tepals for 1 mm, broadly ovate, 1.5 mm long, apex narrowing and arched, white; anthers 0.5 mm long, very pale green. Ovary sub-globose, 2 mm long, 1.8 mm wide, green. Style cylindrical, 1.0-1.5 mm long.