Plants 0.5-3.0 m. tall, the stem strongly spiral; leaves obovate to oblanceolate, very abruptly acuminate, broadly cuneate at the base, 8-30 cm. long, 4-10 cm. broad, glabrous or essentially so, sessile or subsessile; inflorescence ellipsoid to nar- rowly fusiform, set rather closely amongst the upper reduced leaves, 3-16 cm. long, usually sharply pointed at the tip; bracts broadly ovate, acute, unappendaged, 2.0-3.5 cm. long, usually bright red with a conspicuous yellow callus, rarely orange or greenish, densely ciliate with short more or less arachnoid hairs, other- wise minutely puberulent-papillate to glabrous; calyx about 0.7 cm. long, broadly 3-dentate, deep pink; ovary 0.3 cm. long; corolla 3-4 cm. long, scarlet to pinkish orange, the lobes obovate-oblong; labellum 4-5 cm. long, obovate-oblong, scarlet to reddish orange; stamen 5-6 cm. long, rather narrowly oblong.