succulent herbs with fibrous roots and linear leaves. Cymes sessile, of 3 – 5
flowers embedded in the hollow axils of bulged leaf-sheaths. Bracteoles
transparent, linear, inconspicuous. Filaments bearded, anthers oblong. Ovary 3
–celled, each cell single ovuled. Fruit a capsule with pointed tip or depressed
in the center with three projections. Seeds pointed.