A genus of tall, solitary fan palms which have fibrous leaf sheaths. The inflorescence is a hanging panicle. The flowers are hermaphrodite, with 3 carpels, united at the styles; the stigma is basal. There is 1 fleshy, brightly coloured fruit to each flower, containing a seed with a thin stone. There are 29 species, found from north-eastern Africa, Arabia, and Assam and southern China to the Solomon Islands (where there is 1 species), and Australia (12 species).
Subjects: Plant Sciences and Forestry.