This orchid can reach a height of up to 50 cm; however, on average it remains much smaller. At the base of the light green, smooth stalk, 4 to 6 lanceolate, bluish-green leaves, that are from 15 cm long and 2.5 cm wide, are arranged in a rosette. The upper leaves point more or less upward, while 1 to 3 leaves vaginate the stalk. None of these leaves reach the very slender, cylindrical flower spike that can be up to 28 cm tall. The individual flowers that are about 15 mm long, when opening, are loosely arranged in the lower part of the inflorescence, while the upper flowers and buds are quite tightly packed together. The short, membranous, narrow, lanceolate, pale-green bracts lean on in the angle of the un-stalked, strongly upward pointing ovaries.
Sepals and matched petals incline to a 7 mm wide, hemispheric helmet that lies from horizontal to slightly tilting foreword. The sepals are connected with each other at the base, but not at their tips and the matched petals are narrow, linear, blunt at the top and about 1 mm wide; they are also a little shorter than the sepals. The lip is considerably longer than the helmet (up to 13 mm) and is deeply tri-lobed; the central lobe is deeply split again into two lobules, between which occasionally, a very small tooth can be seen. All 4 lobes of the lip are very similar and resemble a little hanging man. The lip that hangs straight down has a slight hollow between the base and the scar; also located at the base of the lip are two thick, shiny, cream coloured calluses that secrete nectar, which is typical for this species.
Sepals and matched petals are from a pale to an intensely greenish-yellow colouring and exhibit deeply violet-purple to brown-purple margins. The lip is a dirty yellow, orange or is intensely auburn, only the centre is a little brighter. As the flowering period progresses, the red tones of the lip fade very fast. At the base of the column, two oval surface parts of the stigma are arranged obliquely in the relatively large stigmatic cave. The short and blunt anther is a dirty violet-purple, both yellow pollinaria have their own viscidium and therefore, can be removed individually by pollinators.