herbs, with erect pseudostems. Leaves basal, leaf-sheaths embracing each other
forming the pseudostem, lamina lanceolate or lanceolate-oblong. Inflorescence
terminal, a raceme of many-flowered monochasial cymes or cincinni, cincinnal bract brightly coloured. Flowers
pedicellate, bisexual, zygomorphic, calyx and corolla petaloid, basally united
into a short tube. Stamens 6, 5 fertile, 6th one a staminode,
opposite the free sepal. Carpels 3, united, ovary 3-celled, one ovule per locule,
style one, stigma capitate or 3-lobed. Fruit 1-3 seeded drupe, indehiscent.