with long, leafy stems. Leaves often long, sometimes ending in tendril, leaf base sheathing, sheath
embracing stem, closed. Inflorescence a terminal, branched, bracteate panicle.
Flowers relatively small and inconspicuous, bisexual or dioecious,
actinomorphic, bracts often lanceolate, bracteoles minute or absent. Perianth
segments 6, free, 2-seriately imbricate, dry or somewhat petaloid, hypogynous,
persistent. Stamens 6, hypogynous or slightly adnate to base of
perianth-segments, filaments free, anthers 2-locular, introrse, basifixed,
united, forming a compound superior ovary, style 3-lobed, ovules in each lobe
solitary, anatropous, spreading or pendulous from central axis. Fruit drupaceous or fleshy,
indehiscent. Seeds with copious endosperm, embryo small, lenticular.