Epiphytic, epilithic or terrestrial herb. Stem erect, creeping or ascending, rooting at nodes, 10-50 cm long, glabrous, green or green with red spots. Leaves alternate, basely attached; petiole 1-7 cm long, more or less laterally winged or grooved, glabrous; blade fleshy, often red-dotted, obovate or elliptic, sometimes even broadly elliptic, 4.5-14 x 2.5-6 cm, apex rounded, obtuse occasionally slightly emarginate to acutish, base cuneately decurrent into petiole, sometimes abruptly contracted, glabrous; venation obvious, ca. 7-pli-veined, or a few veins branching off primary vein or obsolete when dried. Inflorescence terminal, erect, solitary or usually 2(-few) together; peduncle slender (when dried) or not slender, 1-8 cm long, glabrous, green or pinkish; spike to 18 cm long, green, white or yellow, densely flowered; floral bracts rounded, 5-7 mm in diam., glabrous, glandular. Fruits basely attached, subglobose, verruculose, reddish brown or blackish, gradually tapering into beak, which is slightly hooked at the very tip, stigma at base of beak.
C to northern S America: present Micronesia: present Southern America:, Colombia (Colombia present)
West Indies, from C to northern S America, to Brazil and Colombia; also in Micronesia; over 40 collections studied (GU: 15; SU: 13; FG: 14).