rarely tall. Stems solitary or clustered, sometimes subterranean. Leaves
palmate, plicate, deeply partite, leaf-sheaths open and fibrous, petioles
normally spiny along margins, hastula present, blades split to base into
several segments, apices of segments truncate, shallowly to deeply lobed.
Inflorescence a spadix, infrafoliar, partly covered with rachis bracts. Flowers
hermaphrodite, calyx cupular or tubular,
corolla 3-parted, stamens 6, adnate to corolla-tube, carpels 3, ovules in each
carpel solitary. Fruit a drupe, 1-seeded. Seeds erect, embryo dorsal.