Low to prostrate branched herb. Leaves variously variegated. Flower cluster a narrow spike with 2 bracts that are generally much shorter than the flower stalks. Flowers white or violet.
Varieties are distinguished according to their leaf patterns.
var. kerchoviana E. Morren Leaves grey-green above with a row of brownish blotches on each side of the midrib, purplish below, at least under the blotches.
var. massangeana E. Morren Leaves with pale or coloured veins on a dark velvety background. Purplish below, at least under the darker areas.
The leaves of M. bicolor are rather similar but the flower clusters have 4 or more bracts (not 2).
Source: (2005). Marantaceae. 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.