Thickly rhizomatous herbs, hairy or glabrous. Leaves radical, often petiolate, linear to broadly elliptic. Inflorescences racemes or spikes, sometimes head-like, many- to few-flowered. Flowers with the tepals united in a very short to elongate tube. Stamens free, inserted at the mouth of the perigone-tube. Fruits fleshy, indehiscent or irregularly dehiscent, often with a persistent beak.