Stemless or short stemmed palms.
Stems clustered or rarely solitary. Leaves spirally or distichously arranged,
sheaths with ocreas, petioles brown tomentose, pinnae induplicate, lanceolate
or oblong, irregularly toothed, blunt at apex. Inflorescence of interfoliar
spadices, pendulous or erect, branched to 1-order. Male flowers arranged in
pairs, or sometimes triads of 2 male flowers flanking a non-functional female,
bracteate, calyx truncate, corolla cylindric, deeply 3-lobed, stamens 6, adnate
to corolla-tube. Female flowers smaller, carpels 2-3 celled, ovary stipitate.
Fruit a drupe, 1-seeded. Seeds