Epiphytic herb, often growing on ants' nests, creeping or hanging and rooting at nodes. Stem glabrous, to 100 cm long, green or green with red nodes. Leaves alternate, basely attached; petiole 0.5-2 cm long, glabrous, ciliate or puberulent, reddish; blade fleshy-coriaceous or subcoriaceous, narrowly elliptic to ovate, 4-11 x 1.5-6 cm, more or less ciliate, apex acute or acuminate, base rounded or cordulate or acutish, glabrous or slightly pubescent, a waxy exudate like small scales or stars is usually present on upper surface; venation obsolete, 7-9-pli-veined. Inflorescence terminal, pendent, few together; peduncle not slender, to 1.5(-3) cm long, glabrous or minutely pubescent or papillose, red or brown; spike to 30 cm long, yellow to green, densely flowered; floral bracts rounded, dentate or fimbriate, glandular. Fruits basely attached, cylindrical, verruculose, brown, apex obliquely scutellate with subapical stigma.
C and northern S America: present Northern America: Southern America:, Peru (Peru present)
Mexico, C and northern S America, to Brazil and Peru; over 250 collections studied (GU: 103; SU: 52; FG: 105).