The origins of this plant are uncertain and it has no species name.
Many plants sold are from tissue cultures.
A purely terrestrial plant it forms dense clumps under about 1.5m high and wide.
Older plants can develop a trunk-like stem.
The stem has leaf scars and usually only a few aerial roots.
The petioles, midribs and veins are a reddish colour especially underneath.
Leaf blades, mostly 30 – 40 cm long, are a glossy dark green.
The margins are deeply lobed (pinnatifid) and the basal segment is further divided.
When inflorescences are produced they tend to be hidden by the leaves.
They differ from Philodendron bipinnatifidum by having a dark reddish-purple spathe.