Stout perennial herbs, with woody, obliquely erect rhizome, in habit strongly resembling a small Pandanus. Leaves 3-ranked, with short, open sheaths and very long linear blades. Inflorescence terminal, paniculate, branched in the lower half, the lowest branches ternate, sometimes branched again. Flowers hermaphrodite; Fruit drupaceous, coarsely ribbed;
Australasia, Ceylon present, Polynesia present
Monotypic genus, extending from Ceylon to Australia and Polynesia.