Perennial, tufted, caespitose or shrubby herbs from short rhizomes, often dwarf; roots fibrous, wiry, sometimes stilt-like; leaves sessile, spirally arranged, numerous, sheathing, sometimes caducous; leaf blades dorsiventral, linear, parallelveined. Inflorescence a terminal scapose involucrate spike or raceme; flowers not articulated, bisexual, hypogynous, showy, relatively small, white; perianth of two similar trimerous whorls, persistent, marcescent, free or united into a tube, petaloid. Stamens 6, hypogynous or attached to the tepals. Anthers basifixed, hardly longer than wide, dehiscing introrsely by longitudinal slits, sometimes glandular. Ovary syncarpous, 3locular; septal nectaries present as deep external nectiferous slits on the ovary wall; ovules numerous per locule. Style single; stigma capitate. Ovules anatropous. Fruit a loculicidal capsule. Seeds few, black; testa thin, with phytomelan, ornamented; endosperm copious, without starch; embryo small, ovoid.
Two genera and about 12 species, endemic to Australia.
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