solitary or clustered palm, stem up to 20 m high, with rings of leaf-scars.
Leaves pinnate, leaflets numerous, linear or lanceolate, margins often
thickened, petiole usually covered in scales or wax. Inflorescence interfoliar
or intrafoliar, monoecious. Flowers often near the base of rachilla, male
flowers solitary, sepals 3, distinct, petals 3, distinct, ovary globose-ovate,
1-loculed, 1-ovuled, stigmas 3, staminodes 6, tooth-like. Fruit turbinate or
oblong, with stigmatic remains, epicarp smooth, mesocarp with net-fibre. Seeds
with lateral or subbasal embryo.