Rhizome small, 36 x 1-2.5cm, conical or slightly cylindrical, yellow in the centre, white towards periphery, pleasantly aromatic; sessile tubers absent; roots many, fibrous, 10-20 cm long; root tubers 2-10 x 1-2.5 cm, fusiform or globose, white inside. Leafy shoot 80-125 cm or more; pseudostem c. 35 cm tall, green or purple to violetish. Leaves distichous, 6-7; Petioles 60-70 cm long, longer than lamina, green or purple to violetish; lamina 40-50 x 6-9 cm, oblong-lanceolate, margin hyaline, tip acuminate or acute, base tapering, margins and terminal half of upper surface pubescent, lower surface lepidote; ligule 5-8 mm long. Inflorescence both lateral and central; lateral inflorescence smaller, 40-45 cm long, peduncle enclosed within sheaths, uppermost one or two sheaths foliaceous 15 x 10 cm long, ovate to slightly elliptic, acute to acuminate; terminal inflorescence larger, 55-70 cm; spike 10-14 x 4.5 cm with a distinct coma. Coma bracts 4-5, elliptic, tip rounded, bright pink or with shades of other colours. Fertile bracts 12-15, shorter than coma bracts, 2-3 .7 x 1.4-2 cm, elliptic, tip obtuse loosely arranged, fused to the adjacent ones by the lower portion only, green with purple tinge or purple. Bracteoles 5-6 mm long, pink. Flowers 4-6 cm long, longer than the bracts, 4-5 in each bract. Calyx 1-1.2 cm long, membranous, white or pale yellow, 3-lobed at tip, deeply split on one side. Corolla tube funnel-shaped, 3 cm long; dorsal lobe 1.7 cm long, ovate, hooded at apex, yellowish-white; lateral lobes 1.5 cm long, ovate-elliptic or obtuse, yellowish-white. Labellum 1.5-1.8 x 1.7 cm, clearly 3-lobed, middle lobe deeply cleft, lateral lobes small, bright yellow. Lateral staminodes 1.5 x 0.7-0 .8 cm, ovate-oblong, tip rounded or slightly oblique, bright yellow. Stamen 5-7 mm long; anther-thecae parallel, 4 mm long, spurred; spurs slightly divergent and pointed forward, connective slightly produced into a small hood. Epigynous glands two, 4-5 mm long. Ovary 3-5 mm long, cylindrical, tricarpellary, sometimes the septa incompletely fused at top; ovules many on apparently axile placenta, sparsely or densely pubescent. Style long, filiform; stigma slightly exserted above the anther lobes. Fruit trigonous, 3-locular, 1.4 x 1 cm. Seeds many, arillate; aril lacerate, hyaline.