Terrestrial fleshy herb, up to c. 1.5 m high. Rhizome thick. Leaves basal; sheathing bases white; lamina ovate, mostly 13–30(–50)cm long, 8–16 cm wide, base cordate to hastate, apex obtuse to acute with a very fine point, veins tending to radiate from apex of petiole. Inflorescence borne on an axis at least as long as leaves; bract obliquely funnel-shaped, 10–26 cm long, white, opposite margins overlapping, apex with a long recurved point; inflorescence axis 5–10 cm long, axis and flowers bright yellow; female flowers on basal one-third of axis, male flowers distally. Flowers with perianth absent. Fruit a green or yellow berry, 5–10 mm long.
6 species indigenous to Africa, 1 naturalised in Victoria.