A splendidly unusual and beautiful plant with a spindle shape and somewhat succulent undulating leaves. The leaves are a light gray-green and often slightly banded. The inflorescence is a large inflated spike of rose-red with red flowers. Native to Amazonia, it occurs in nearly all bordering countries, growing most commonly in the trees which overhang the myriad waterways.
Despite its humid habit and exposure to frequent rains, it receives the best drainage by clinging to the tiniest twigs. In cultivation it prefers to be watered frequently then dry quickly and thoroughly. Adapts to pot culture in a well-draining media. Rare in cultivation despite its wide range.