Welw. ex Baker, Trans. Linn. Soc. London, Bot. 1: 261 (1878)
The type specimen in the Natural History Museum consists of four tubers and six inflorescences. Although on one tuber with two inflorescences the rachis is distinctly flexuose, the other inflorescences do not show this characteristic. No leaves are shown indicating a possible hysteranthous species. Other specimens showing a similar flexuose rachis also lack leaves. Although the inflorescences and flowers are more slender than typical E. abyssinicum it may just be another variant of that species. Unless leaves can be found to match the plants with this flexuose rachis this species must remain in doubt. Habitat information only is given on the type sheet and this states that plants were plentiful in damp pastures in November 1859. Similar specimens have been collected in Zambia, where the flowers are given as yellow and the habitat as wet sand and damp rock ledges. Plants apparently with hysteranthous leaves. Tuber almost turbinate up to 20 mm long and 17 mm wide; skin greyish brown, flaky, rough, the interior apparently white; growing point apical. Old leaf sheaths about 25 mm long, up to 10 mm wide, near ground level, finely fibrous. Leaf unknown. Peduncular bract not seen. Peduncle one or more per tuber, up to 120 mm long, 1.0-1.5 mm diameter, glabrous, kinked near the base. Raceme lax, up to 150 mm long, 70 mm wide, rachis flexuose or more or less straight, with 20-30 flowers. Bracts triangular, attenuate, 1.5-2.0 mm long. Pedicels up to 67 mm long. Flowers spreading to recurved. Tepals ligulate, 6 mm long.