Slender herbs with the habit of a Canna, 1-3 m. tall; leaves oblong-lanceolate, rounded at the base, rather gradually acuminate, 15-30 cm. long, 6-12 cm. broad; inflorescence erect, the peduncle slender, 3-15 cm. long, minutely puberu- lent to glabrate, the rachis slightly flexuous; bracts narrowly lanceolate, long- acuminate, 3-12 cm. long, 1.0-1.5 cm. broad, sharply ascending in flower, laxly spreading in fruit, membranaceous, minutely puberulent to glabrate, green to yellow or red, frequently variegated; perianth about 2 cm. long, yellow or white tipped with green, minutely puberulent to glabrate; fruits broadly oblongoid, about 1 cm. long and broad, deep blue-purple.