Plant flowering 1-3 m high. Leaves many in dense spreading rosette; sheaths distinct, dark purple toward top; blades ligulate, 5-8 cm wide, usually green except for dark purple tip. Scape erect, shorter than leaves, with leaf-like bracts, the upper ones bright red. Inflorescence laxly paniculate. Branches almost erect, lax, to 50 cm long; floral bracts downwardly secund with the flowers, reaching the middle of the sepals, red; flowers on flower stalks 5-10 mm long; sepals yellow; petals 35-45 mm long, greenish toward tip; stamens protruding.
Source: (2005). Bromeliaceae. 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.