Sub-category: Melanthiaceae family
A herbaceous perennial plant reaching 0.7 to 2 m tall, with a solid green stem. The leaves are spirally arranged, 10 to 35 cm long and 5 to 20 cm broad, elliptic to broad lanceolate ending in a short point, heavily ribbed and hairy on the underside. The flowers are numerous, produced in a large branched inflorescence 30 to 70 cm tall; each flower is 5 to 12 mm long, with six green to yellow-green tepals. The fruit is a capsule 1.5 to 3 cm long, which splits into three sections at maturity to release the numerous flat 8 to 10 mm diameter seeds. The plant reproduces through rhizome growth as well as seeds.
Found in swamps and wetlands.