Monocarpic. Stem up to 1 m. Leaves 1-2 m x 10-15 cm, entire, erect to patent, apiculate but scarcely pungent, yellowish-green, persistent for some time after withering. Inflorescence (with peduncle) 6-12 m; peduncle equalling or shorter than panicle. Bracts of peduncle leaf- like, coriaceous, those of panicle brown, scarious. Pedicels 6-12 mm, articulated. Perianth-segments 20-25 mm, lanceolate, greyish-white; ovary with hypanthial tube c. 15 mm. Flowers infertile in Europe; reproduction is effected by leafy bulbils which replace some of the flowers.