Marloth ex P.L.Perry, S. African J. Bot. 55: 89 (1989)
Plants with hysteranthous leaves, solitary or clump forming, inflorescence up to 240 mm high. Tuber pyriform becoming irregularly-shaped, up to 70 mm wide, and 40 mm diameter, sometimes warty or forming stolons 40-55 mm long and 3-4 mm wide, with swollen ends bearing a young leaf; skin light brown, interior maroon red; growing point basal or lateral. Old leaf sheaths up to 40 mm long and 4-5 mm diameter, membranous, light greyish-brown. Leaf one per growing point, contemporary leaf sheath barely exserted; lamina usually adpressed prostrate, occasionally semierect, orbicular to ovate-cordate, up to 70 mm from apex to depression, 80 mm from apex to lobes and 80 mm wide, adaxial surface dark green, abaxial surface light green or reddish-green, somewhat coriaceous, glabrous; margin minutely ciliate, cilia often in groups. Peduncular bract barely exserted, apical 3 mm free, recurved, maroon. Peduncle 90-140 mm long, 1 mm diameter, dark maroon at the base, glaucous, green above, glabrous. Raceme lax, 50-110 mm long and 25-45 mm wide with up to 30 flowers. Bracts 1.5 mm long, membranous, whitish with brown flecks, semi-amplexicaul. Pedicels up to 50 mm long, usually less, glabrous, arcuate. Flowers triangular, about 10 mm diameter. Tepals dimorphic, basally connate for 0.5 mm, white with a green midnerve and fine, red striations except around the margin and apex; the outer tepals spreading, elliptic, acute, 5 mm long and 1.8 mm wide; the inner erect, broadly oblanceolate with connivent apex and minutely fimbriate margin, 4 mm long and 3 mm wide. Filaments dimorphic, white, outer ovate, apiculate, 1 mm long and 1 mm wide at the base, inner basally adnate 1 mm up the tepals, narrowly triangular, 0.8 mm high and 0.8 mm wide; anthers pale to deep mauve. Ovary globose to ovoid, up to 1.5 mm long and 2 mm wide, green, usually red or purple blotched. Style cylindrical1.5 mm long, white.