This epiphytic orchid is known locally as 'elephant ears' due to the enormous, olive- green leaves of this species (2). Five or six large, waxy leaves hang from the stems of the orchid from its position above the ground, supported on tree branches. The pale yellow-green inflorescence (or flower stem) also dangles from the plant; in season, this bears many, small fragrant flowers and the record is 97 on a single spike (3). The petals and sepals of the flower are brightly coloured with a yellow/white background that is heavily marked with purple-brown bars (2). Three different colour varieties are known: a reddish brown pattern on a white background, reddish brown on yellow, and pale brown on yellow (2). The flower lip has three lobes; the outer ones are sickle-shaped and have a row of yellow-orange teeth (2).
- Leaf length: 68.5 cm (2)
- Leaf width: 25.5 cm (2)
- Inflorescence length: up to 40 cm (3)