Shrub or subshrub to 1-3 m tall. Stem glabrescent. Stipules about as long as petiole. Petiole 2-3.2(-6.5) cm long, glabrous or sparsely pubescent, vaginate to apex; blade firmly membranous, often drying yellowish or greyish green, not scabrous, not conspicuously glandular-dotted below, broadly ovate to ovate, or even suborbiculate, 11-24 x 6-13 cm, apex long-acuminate, base equal or almost equally attached to petiole, truncate, rounded or cordulate, glabrous above or primary vein somewhat appressed-pubescent, veins appressed-pubescent below; pinnately veined, secondary veins 4-7 per side, originating from lower 1/2 or lower 2/3 of primary vein, ascending at an angle of 40-45º, plane to impressed above, prominent below, tertiary veins obsoletely transverse. Inflorescence erect; peduncle 0.5-1(-2.5) cm long, glabrous; spike 8-11 cm long, white, apiculate; floral bracts rounded to trigonous, densely marginally fringed. Infructescence erect, green; fruits obovoid or somewhat angular, depressed at apex, 0.8-1 mm wide, glabrous, green, stigmas 3, sessile.
French Guiana?: present Guyana, Republic of: present Southern America:, Bolivia (Bolivia present); Colombia (Colombia present); Ecuador (Ecuador present); Venezuela (Venezuela present) W Brazil: present
Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, French Guiana? and W Brazil, Ecuador, Bolivia; 15 collections studied (GU: 10; FG: 1).