Epiphytic on trees by streams and associated with fern roots, or in moist. cracks in rocks; flowers appearing rarely and during leafless stage, spathe greenish cream coloured, spadix whitish; bulbiliferous shoot leafless and brown.
Seasonally dormant, rupicolous or epiphytic herb. Tuber subglobose, 2–4 cm. in diameter, covered in brown fibrous cataphyll remnants. Bulbils ovoid, 0.4–0.5 cm. long, green, covered in numerous tightly-overlapping glume-like scales with aristate recurved tips, borne in clusters at nodes of several erect aerial copper-coloured sympodial axes, each about 20 cm. long, arising from tuber and bearing small brown scale leaves. Leaves 1–2, often solitary, petiole green, terete, 30–40 cm. long; blade broadly peltate, ovate-cordate, 20–30 cm. long, 14–19 cm. broad, or larger, bright green, acute-acuminate, base with parabolic sinus ± 3 cm. long. Inflorescence rarely seen, subtended by several broadly oblong cataphylls. Peduncle 9–12 cm. long. Spathe 7–11 cm. long; tube ovoid, 2–3 cm. long, green, strongly constricted at apex; limb subcircular to broadly spathulate, 6–8 cm. long, 5–6.5 cm. broad, creamy yellow, reflexed at maturity. Spadix 3–4.5 cm. long; staminate part clavate, creamy white, 0.7–1.3 cm. long, 0.5 cm. in diameter; intermediate sterile part conic, ± 1.1 cm. long, 0.2 cm. in diameter; pistillate part subcylindric, green, ± 1.8 cm. long, 0.8 cm. in diameter. Fig. 11.
Iv. C.: Mt. Tonkoui Mangenot, Miége & Aké Assi IA 2436. Tiapleu forest Aké Assi IA 3292; IA 5705.
Lib.: (leaf May, bulbiliferous shoot Oct.) Harley 1638!
Guin.: Ditinn Chev. 12839; 18500; 18531. Iles de Los, Conakry Mugnier-Serand 11!
S. L.: Musaia (Sept.) Deighton, 4501! Roruks (Oct.) Deighton 4378! Kamasu (Dec.) Deighton 3824! Mafori (Oct.) Adames 138! Kameron to Kurubonla Morton SL 2503! Mano (Oct.) Deighton 4503!
Tanzania near Mahenge Station, Issongo, 31 Jan. 1932, Schlieben 1697!
W. Cam.: Metschum Falls, Bamenda (Aug.) Savory UCI 307!
Melet. 1: 18 (1932); Hook. f., Fl. Brit. Ind. 6: 521; Aké Assi, Contrib. 2: 21 .
in Schott & Endl., Melet. Bot.: 18 (1832); Engl. in N.B.G.B. 5: 300 (1913); Krause in E.P. 71 (IV. 23E): 16, fig. 4A–M (1920); Robyns in Ann. Soc. Sci. Brux., sér. B, 51: 222 (1931); Hepper in F.W.T.A., ed. 2, 3: 122 (1968); Bogner in Fl. Madag. 31: 28 (1975); Nicolson in Fl. Hassan Distr.: 788, t. 13, fig. 117 (1976).