A form of the species that gains a reddish tint to the leaves, especially in strong light. Grows in a ball shape to grapefruit size, with wide strap-like leaves that twist and curl in fanciful shapes. The inflorescence is pink and branched with curling scape bracts.
The species is found from Mexico to the Northern half of Central America at or near sea level in hot, humid, brightly lit forests. The red form has been found in Belize but could occur anywhere. Grow mounted or hanging from a string so the leaves can hang in curls. Loves fertilizer and will respond by growing to impressive size.