A family of palm-like plants which may be rhizomatous (see rhizome) herbs, shrubs, or root-climbers. The leaves are always very deeply bilobed and plicate. The flowers are unisexual, and borne on axillary spadices (see spadix) enclosed in conspicuous bracts (spathes). The fruit is a fleshy syncarp, and brightly coloured. There are 11 genera, with 190 species, occurring in tropical America.
Subjects: Plant Sciences and Forestry.