Tussocking or rhizomatous perennial herbs or shrubby herbs. Roots fibrous, wiry, often stilt-like. Leaves spirally arranged, sessile, sheathing, sometimes deciduous, linear, numerous; venation parallel. Flowers bisexual in terminal pedunculate bracteate heads. Perianth in 2 similar whorls of 3, free or united basally. Stamens 6, free or partially fused to perianth, filaments free, opposite perianth lobes; anthers 2-locular, dehiscing introrsely by longitudinal slits. Ovary superior, 3-locular, ovary wall with septal nectary slits; ovules numerous per locule; style single and capitate. Fruit a loculicidal capsule; seeds ornamented.
Two genera with about 12 species, endemic to Australia, 1 in Victoria.