Description: Vegetative stalks tall (about 9 feet) with white reticulation prominent on leaf sheaths and bracts.
Petiole and ligule short with pulvinus absent. Rhizome supported by stilt roots.
Flowers are red and tubular and found in cones of tightly spaced, closed red bracts on the terminus of short basal stalks. The cones contain liquid that may deter predation.