palms, trunk solitary, annulate. Leaves 10-60, palmate or costapalmate, usually
crowned, leaf-sheaths open, often fibrous, fibres reddish-brown, petiole
margins spiny, hastula present, blades green, waxy, or dull-green, divided to
almost half their length, or almost to base into many segments, these again
split and sometimes pendulous at apices. Inflorescence of spadix, infrafoliar,
bracts sheathing. Flowers minute, bisexual, loosely panicled on spadix, sepals
3, petals 3, stamens 6, filaments connate at base, carpels 3, ovary 3-locular.
Fruit a drupe, oblong-ellipsoid. Seeds erect.