Plants with short stems and clustered leaves. Leaf blades narrow, elliptic to lanceolate, to about 25 cm long and 5 cm wide, dotted on both surfaces; stalks thin. Inflorescence stalk red. Spathe bent back, to 10 cm long, shiny, orange to scarlet. Spadix coiled. Fruit orange to red berry.
A number of ornamental cultivars based on this species are available with larger and more colourful spathes. The collective name A. × hortulanum Birdsey has been proposed for these.
Source: (2005). Araceae. In: . Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 5. Flowering plants. Monocotyledons. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.