Plants typically small, with small crowns; trunks usually less than 0.5 m. Leaves narrow, arching gently downward, often twisting outward toward tip; blade usually shiny, bright green, 70–130 × 1–2 cm wide above broadened base, glabrous, not waxy, smooth; prickles mostly antrorse. Inflorescences 2–4 m; stalk 1.5–3 cm diam. at base; branches mostly basal, erect, 2.5–6 cm; bracts lanceolate; fascicles of flowers condensed, 5–8 cm from base to tip; primary axes 0.5–1 cm. Flowers with receptacles ca. 0.2 mm; tepals whitish or greenish, 1.5 × 1 mm; style ca. 0.2 mm; stigma lobes 0.2–0.3 mm, loosely united; pedicel 2.2–3 mm in fruit. Capsules ellipsoid, 5.5–6 × 4–5 mm, distal wing lobes 1–1.5 mm, evenly rounded in cross section, not indented. 2n = 38.