palms, stems tall, erect, ringed with leaf scars. Leaves pinnatisect, distal
segments merging or blending together, sheaths closed, mostly forming a
crownshaft. Inflorescence of infrafoliar spadix, borne below crownshaft,
branched to 3 orders, spathes 3 or more, caducous, the lowest complete, the
upper often bract-like. Male flowers: many, solitary or 2-nate, stamens 3 or 6,
anthers basifixed. Female flowers: longer than males, perianth accrescent,
sepals 3, petals 3. Ovary 1-locular, stigmas 3, ovules basal. Fruit ellipsoid,
globose, or spindle-shaped. Seed 1 with basilar embryo.