Monœcious.Stem 1–2 ft., very stout, woody, together with the petioles and nerves beneath sparsely furfuraceous, young leaves densely clothed with rusty stellate down. Leaves long-petioled, 8–10 in. diameter, obliquely suborbicular or very broadly obliquely ovate, deeply cordate, abruptly contracted into a slender point, obscurely toothed at the tip of the once or twice forked nerves, palmately 6-nerved, upper surface with a few scattered minute stellate membranous scales that are more numerous below; petiole stout, 5–8 in.; stipules large, green, convolute, 1 1/2 in. deciduous. Peduncle stout, 1–2 in., terminated by 2 large convolute orbicular bracts together forming a subcampanulate cup 3/4 in. long and broad, enclosing numerous shortly pedicelled flowers. Male fl.: Sepals 2, rose-coloured, orbicular-obovate, 1 in. long. Anthers small, subsessile, linear, obtuse. Female fl.: Sepals of the male. Styles 3–4, short, free; stigmas forked, branches rather long, papillose band broad, continuous, twisted. Ovary 3–4-angled? Berry enclosed in the bracts, subglobose, 1/2 in. diameter; placentas much branched.
An epiphyte with stout woody stem; inflorescence with 2 large green bracts forming a cup enclosing the flowers; sepals white or pinkish, with red lines.
in F.T.A. 2: 574 (1871); Engl. l.c. 614. Exell Cat. S. Tomé 187.