Trunk in the cultivated specimen drawn six or eight feet high, tuberous at the base as in a Beaucarnea, branching low down. Leaves fifty or sixty, crowded in a dense rosette, the inner ones ascending, the outer reflexing, lorate, acuminate, three or four feet long, three inches or three inches and a half broad at the middle, narrowed to an inch and a half or two inches above the dilated base, moderately firm in texture, bright green on both sides, concolorous at the margin, the midrib distinct down the back in the lower half only. Panicle drooping, shortly-peduncled, three or four feet long, made up of from fifteen to twenty drooping cylindrical racemes a foot or more long and a couple of inches in diameter; bracts very minute, deltoid, membranous; pedicels all solitary, stiffly erecto-patent, a quarter or a third of an inch long. Perianth greenish, cylindrical, above half an inch long; tube campanulate; segments ligulate. Stamens inserted at the throat of the perianth-tube; filaments filiform, rather shorter than the perianth-segments; anthers small, oblong. Ovary oblong; style a little exserted; stigma obscurely three-lobed.-- J. G. Baker.