The species is upheld, provisionally, until more is known about it. Although the spathe is somewhat similar to those of Z. pentlandii and Z. jucunda in shape and colour, the species can be distinguished from these two by the orbicular-ovate leaves. Some specimens of Z. albomaculata subsp. albomaculata from the eastern Transvaal have leaves of this shape but, in this species, the spathe is narrowly funnel-shaped, normally cream-coloured (suffused with salmon-orange or coral pink in some abnormal specimens), with a distinct purple blotch at the base.
Perennial herb, up to 0.6 m high. Leaves ovate-orbicular, maculate. Spathe without a purple blotch at base, golden yellow.
Plant robust, up to 60 cm tall. Leaves deciduous, glabrous; blade up to 27 cm long and 27 cm broad, sometimes slightly longer than broad, orbicular-ovate, deeply cordate, apiculate, green with many translucent white spots; petiole more or less as long as the blade, occasionally much longer. Peduncle about 40 cm long. Spathe up to 13 cm long, funnel-shaped above, campanulate below, bright 'golden yellow' throughout, immaculate and smooth within, tip caudate. Spadix up to 7 cm long, lengths of male and female zones variable, pollen orange yellow; ovaries green. Fruit a cluster of berries up to 2.5 cm in diam.