herbs, small to massive, flowering before leafing. Leaves solitary, 3-partite,
segments pinnatisect. Flowers
monoecious, spathe with limb open or convolute, infundibular, or campanulate, spadix exserted or included, appendage large,
inflorescence cylindric, dense-flowered, sessile or shortly stipitate, males
and females contiguous, neuters absent. Stamens 2-4, anthers sessile, cells
oblong, pores apical. Ovaries globose or obovoid, 1-4 celled, style short or
long, stigma entire, or 2-4 lobed, ovules solitary, subbasilar, anatropous.
Fruits subglobose or obovoid berries, ripening orange-red. Seeds 1-few,