or short stemmed palms, stems clustered or rarely solitary. Leaves spirally or
distichously arranged, sheaths with ocreas, petioles brown tomentose, pinnae
induplicate, lanceolate or oblong, irregularly toothed, blunt at apex.
Inflorescence of interfoliar spadices, pendulous or erect, branched to 1 order.
Male flowers arranged in pairs, or sometimes triads of 2 male flowers flanking
a non-functional female, bracteate, calyx truncate, corolla cylindric, deeply
3-lobed, stamens 6, adnate to corolla-tube. Female flowers smaller, carpels
2-3-celled, ovary stipitate. Fruit a drupe, 1-seeded. Seeds plano-convex.