Schltr. in O.Warburg (ed.), Kunene-Sambesi Exped. : 217 (1903)
Slender terrestrial herb 10–40 cm tall, flowering when leafless.Perennating organs subterranean, tuberous, c. 12 mm high, 15 mm long, onion-shaped, forming a short chain.Withered remnants of previous year’s leaves may be present.Leaves several, 4–5 × 1 cm, ligulate.Inflorescence rather laxly up to about 12-flowered; scape with 3 scarious bracts, the lowest 2 sheathing.Pedicel and ovary 10 mm long; bracts scarious, 3–7 mm long.Sepals green, flushed with purple; petals yellow-green, purple-veined inside; lip mainly purple with 2 yellow calli, spur yellow-green, purple-tipped.Sepals 5–6.5 × 1.5–3 mm, oblanceolate, apiculate, the dorsal erect, the laterals spreading or reflexed.Petals 4.6–7 × 3.6–4.3 mm, broadly ovate or suborbicular, apiculate.Lip 7–8.3 mm long, 3-lobed, with 2 prominent yellow calli in the throat; side lobes erect, joined to the column for part of their length; mid-lobe 3.7–4.5 × 3.7–4.2 mm, bent down at the junction of the lobes; spur 1.5–3 mm long, conical, horizontal.Column 3 mm long.