In some cases the gaster may be ecarinate
6-2 cm wide, imbricate but the rachis visible after anthesis, nervate, ecarinate
, glabrous outside, brown punctulate-lepidote inside, margin erose, apex obtuse to rounded; flowers distichous, erect, 15-20 per spike, actinomorphic, corolla helicoiform, subsessile, pedicels strong, to 1 mm long; sepals free, green, ovate to triangular, 3.
Flowers distichous, divergent, not secund, slightly fragrant, 70-86 mm long (with extended petals), covered by an oleaginous substance, pedicels 7-9 x 6 mm, subcylindrical, green, glabrous; sepals slightly asymmetric, obovate, apex rounded, 25-29 x 12-15 mm, glabrous, free, ecarinate
, green at the base and yellowish-green toward the apex, cymbiform, thinly coriaceous, covered by an oleaginous substance; petals sublinear, apex obtuse-emarginate, 60-79 x 7.
1--Corium with 2 rows of punctures along claval suture near inner angle and a complete row extending the whole length; pronotum laterally ecarinate
3 cm long, sepals light green, ecarinate
, oblong, obtuse or acuminate, 2-2,2 cm long, petals dark violet, stamens exserted, filaments of different size, style exserted.
Inflorescence broadly capitate, simple, umbellate, apex nearly flat, sunk in the center of the rosette, 8-9 cm long (excluding the petals), 9-12 mm in diameter, 56 to 65-flowered; floral bracts entire to remotely denticulate at the apex, green, membranaceous, distinctly nerved, longitudinally sulcate mainly near the apex, sparsely to subdensely white-lepidote outside, glabrous inside, the outer ones resembling the involucral bracts, ecarinate
, slightly exceeding the ovary, the inner ones narrowly ovate-lanceolate to sublinear-lanceolate, acuminate, ecarinate
or bearing a protruded central nerve and appearing carinate, 45-60 x 8-20 mm, slightly exceeding the ovary.
5 mm, ecarinate
when fresh) and petals (25x4 mm) and with an elongated peduncle (3.
1 cm wide, the lower ones elliptic with an attenuate apex, the upper ones ovate with an acuminate apex, ecarinate
, exceeding the stipes, shorter than the spikes, slightly lepidote, spreading, nerved; branch ca.
strongly asymmetrical with a well developed lateral wing equaling to exceeding the distal portion of the midnerve, with mucronulate to spinescent apex) and usually ecarinate
4 cm in diameter (including floral bracts); floral bracts narrowly subtriangularovate, apex acuminate, distinctly canaliculate, navicular, strongly recurved, slightly exceeding the petals, greenish-yellow toward base and yellow-green near the apex and margins, thin in texture, abaxially densely to subdensely white-lepidote, nerved, adaxially inconspicuously and sparsely white-lepidote to glabrous, 25-29 x 10-13 mm, the basal ones ecarinate
, the upper ones obtusely if at all carinate, margins subdensely to laxly spinose, spines narrowly triangular to acicular, prevailing retrorse, uncinate, pale yellowish-castaneous, 0.
11 am to 19 pm, with a weak odor, strongly downwardly secund at anthesis (in lateral braches) to divergent (in the terminal branch), densely arranged, 42-43 mm long (not including the stamens); pedicels stout, 5-6 mm long, 7-8 mm in diameter at the apex, green, glabrous; sepals elliptic, apex obtuse and slightly emarginate, 27-28 x 13 mm, inconspicuously white-lepidote inside, glabrous outside, free, ecarinate
, yellow, distinctly convex, thinly coriaceous toward the apex, thick at the base; petals narrowly elliptic, apex narrowly emarginate, 35 x 13-14 mm, yellow, erect to slightly suberect and forming a tubular corolla ca.
5-3 mm long, brown apical mucro, densely white-lepidote, thickly coriaceous except for the menbranaceous, whitishhyaline lateral wing, lilac at apex and on the apical-central portion, greenish toward the base, ecarinate
, connate at base for 1-1.