Cormogenous herbs. Inflorescences axillary in few-flowered cymes, each in 2 spathes. Flowers actinomorphic, pedicelled, yellowish to reddish. Stamens free, against the back of the style-arms. Capsules apically dehiscent, with 3 pores exserted beyond the spathe. Seeds globose to angular.
Asia-Tropical:, Malaya Central and tropical America: present West Java:
A few species in Central and tropical America, one introduced in Malesia (Malaya, West Java).