Large herbs with erect stems.
Leaves obovate-lanceolate or elliptic-lanceolate. Flowers in rigid, terminal
panicles. Sepals 3. Petals 3, smaller than sepals, subequal,obovate. Stamens 6,
all fertile, or 3 fertile and 3 sterile, all filaments naked. Ovary of 3
subequal locules, 5-10 ovuled, rarely 1-2 ovuled. Fruits indehiscent, globose,
often bluish or bluish-black, usually 5- 10 ovuled. Seeds usually 2 in two