Small, seasonally dormant
tuberous herbs, tuber hypogeal. Leaves entire, usually solitary, cordate-ovate,
peltate, primary lateral nerves pinnate, petiole slender, sheath short.
Inflorescence spadix, shorter than spathe, spathe small, cymbiform, peduncle
much longer than spathe, erect, marcescent, appendage 0. Male zone cylindric,
flowers embedded in tissue of spadix, synandrium peltate, anthers connate in
groups of 3, thecae subglobose to ellipsoid, dehiscing by pores. Female zone
adnate to base of spathe, very short and few-flowered. Ovary oblong,1-celled,
ovules many, orthotropous, stigma sessile, 4-6-fid. Fruit a berry, 3-6 angled,
many-seeded. Seeds pendulous.