Solitary, dioecious or polygamodioecious, acaulescent, decumbent or erect palms. Leaves palmate, equally or unequally divided along adaxial ribs into single-fold, induplicate segments, persisting as a skirt; petiole armed along margins with very fine teeth or unarmed, not splitting at base. Inflorescences solitary, interfoliar, arching or erect, amongst leaves, much-branched. Flowers remote or in clusters of 2–3, sessile or borne on low tubercles; sepals 3, united at base; petals 3, free; stamens 6, filaments free, staminodes when present similar to fertile stamens but with flattened filaments, occasionally fused at very base, and with empty anthers; carpels 3, free to base. Fruit usually developing from 1 carpel, purplish-black with a pale bloom, reniform or oblong. Seed reinform or oblong.
8 species native to Nepal, Bhutan, northern India, south-east China and northern Thailand and Vietnam; 1 species naturalized in Australia.