Caespitose epiphyte, 5-25 cm tall; pseudobulbs cylindrical, inconspicuous, 1-2.5 cm long, less than 5 mm wide, enclosed in papery deciduous sheaths. Leaves leathery, solitary on pseudobulb, linear to subterete, 5-22 cm long, less than 1 cm wide. Racemes +/- erect or pendulous, 2.5-6 cm long, from base of pseudobulb; flowers 5 or 6 on slender pedicels subtended by spathaceous bracts; sepals and petals subequal, linear-lanceolate, acuminate, 18-23 mm long, 2.5-4 mm wide, translucent white to pale yellow; lip +/- obovate, concave, 15-20 mm long, nearly as wide, white spotted with rose-purple, the margin denticulate to prominently lacerate, adnate at base to base of column; column 7-9 mm long with an entire, denticulate to fimbriate hood at apex covering the anthers; anthers terminal and caplike. Fruits narrowly-ellipsoid, ca 2 cm long. Croat 8500. Rare, in the forest. Probably flowers in the rainy season. Mature-sized fruits have been seen in March. Known from Panama to Peru; Trinidad and Cuba. In Panama, known principally from premontane wet and tropical wet forests in Coclé (El Valle) and Panama (Cerro Campana); known also from tropical moist forest in the vicinity of the Canal Zone.