dioecious palms, trunk stout, unarmed. Leaves terminal, flabelliform, plicately
multifid, leaflets induplicate, petioles
armed. Inflorescence a stout spadix, branches cylindrical, spathes tubular.
Male flowers minute, protruding from spadix branches, perianth 6, glumaceous,
biseriate, obovate-spathulate. Female flowers few, larger, globose, scattered
on spadix branches, perianth fleshy, 2-seriate, outer 3 reniform, imbricate,
inner 3 smaller, convolute; staminodes 6-9; carpels 3-4, connate to form a 3-4
locular ovary with erect basilar ovules. Fruit a drupe, pyrenes 1-3, fibrous.
Seeds oblong, apex 3-lobed.