Slender epiphyte, often pendent. Leaves linear, acuminate, usually 1-1.8 m long, l-4 cm wide, densely palelepidote, the lower surface marked with small to large, whitish spots, the margins sparsely spinose-serrate below middle, the spines 2-3 mm long, mostly antrorse, sometimes retrorse. Scapes pendent, less than 5 mm thick; scape bracts imbricate near base, more widely spaced higher on scape, lanceolate, acuminate, to 2.8 cm long, membranaceous; inflorescences simple, cylindrical, to 40 cm long, densely covered with a meallike pubescence of tiny trichomes in minute clusters; floral bracts spreading-oblong, the lower ones exceeding flower, the upper ones ovate and shorter than ovary; flowers sessile, suberect, broadly acute and apiculate, to 10 mm long, borne on an epigynous tube ca 3 mm long; petals linear, acute, to 4 cm long and 4 mm wide, bronze-green, spirally recurved at anthesis (fide Smith (1944) in Flora of Panama), bearing 2 scales at base; ovary inferior, subglobose, ca 15 mm long, coarsely sulcate, densely covered with pubescence similar to that of rachis. Fruits 1.5-1.8 mm long, fleshy; seeds numerous. Croat 9255. Infrequent in the forest, usually moderately high in the canopy, rarely near the ground. Flowers in the dry season. The fruits probably mature in the late dry and early rainy seasons.