This species has deep imperial-purple spathes which border on black, with, here and there (sometimes), small patches of green breaking through. Unlike many of the other species this purple interior spathe surface is smooth and shiny (not warty at all).
The spadix is darker and is virtually black as well as being stemless. It tapers gradually towards the tip. The leaves are entire, or, on larger specimens, they may have some slight degree of division right at the base.
Culture for his species is as for the other members of the genus, keeping it on a Mediterranean cycle, though it does, perhaps, seem to do best with a touch less water than might be given to, for example, Arum species.
A distinctive and very attractive Aroid, originally described in 1941 from Uzbekistan but now known from isolated areas within Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan also. It has, nevertheless, remained a rare and elusive plant both in the wild and in cultivation.