Stems solitary, 25-50 cm tall and 0.8-2 cm diameter, erect or creeping, the plant usually appearing stemless. Leaves 5-15, simple, blades obovate to elliptic, bifid for half their length or more, 15-40 cm long and to 17 cm wide, toothed on the margins, thick and leathery and sometimes mottled grey-green. Inflorescences erect, dissimilar; males with 4-10 flowering branches; females spicate or rarely bifurcate; fruits globose, 0.6-1 cm diameter, black, with persistent, thickened petals.
This species is highly threatened with extinction in the wild.
Originaria, Costa Rica
Atlantic and Pacific slope in Costa Rica. Lowland to montane rain forest on steep slopes, at 400-1500 m elevation.