palms, stems tall, erect, ringed with leaf scars. Leaves pinnatisect, distal
segments merging or blending together, sheaths closed, mostly forming a
crownshaft. Inflorescence of infrafoliar spadix, borne below crownshaft,
branched to 3 orders, spathes 3 or more, caducous, the lowest complete, the
upper often bract-like. Male flowers : many, solitary or 2-nate, stamens 3 or
6, anthers basifixed. Female flowers : longer than males; perianth accrescent;
sepals 3; petals 3; ovary 1-locular, stigmas 3, ovules basal. Fruit
ellipsoid, globose, or spindle-shaped.
Seed 1 with basilar embryo.