The plant has thick, three-sided stalks with spines along its edges. Cactus-like branches, or arms, that grow upright from the sides of the stalks. Small leaves cover the edges and ends of the actively growing stalks and arms. It is a lush green plant with lighter green striations through the stalks
It is an evergreen, vining perennial that is not a fern at all, but a member of the lily family. It is a very popular House Plant. It develops small, single, white nodding flowers in summer at the joint between stem and leaf. These mature into berry-like fruits that turn from orange-red to purple-black.