is unusual for having no petals and an irregular number of sepals (between 5 and 9); these are white or pale yellow in color, sometimes tinged with pale blue, ovate to obovate in shape, and crossed by branched, lengthwise veins. At the center is a group of yellow-tipped stamens (green at the base), numbering between 40 and 100. Flowers may be single, or part of clusters of up to 8. The large leaves (3 to 10) grow around the base and are divided several times into pointed lobes. The species is quite changeable in some aspects, including sepal color, leaf petiole length and bract characteristics, and at least three varieties are recognized.