Small tree, not always branched, usually not exceeding 5 m. Leaves congested towards top of stems, narrow to broadly strap-shaped, with short flaring sheaths, bright to greyish green with narrow conspicuous white cartilaginous edges, 0.5-1.0 m long, 25-110 mm wide. Inflorescence erect, up to well over 1 m long, green. Flowers 1-4 together, more numerous in terminal clusters, 25-35(-42) mm long, greenish white; pedicel bases 5-10 mm long; receptacles 2-3(-8) mm long, up to 12 mm in fruit. Perianth lobes ±1.5 times as long as tube. Fruits usually single-seeded and globose, lobed when 2- or 3-seeded, 7-19 mm in diameter, red or orange.
Distributed in Transvaal, Swaziland, Natal and the southeastern Cape Province, also in Mozambique, Zanzibar and Kenya. Occasional in coastal bush and montane localities in Transvaal and Swaziland.