Moldenke, Trop. Woods 25:14. 1931
Shrub or tree, to 15 m tall, to 15 cm dbh; youngstems and inflorescence branches usually 4-sulcate; stems, leaves,and exposed parts of inflorescences glabrate to densely pubescent,the trichomes very short, stiff, erect or appressed. Petioles to1.2 cm long; blades elliptic to narrowly ovate-elliptic, acuminate,acute to obtuse at base, 8-19 cm long, 3-7 cm wide. Paniclesaxillary and terminal, to 13 cm long, the Cymes open; flowersnumerous; calyx and pedicel like an inverted cone; pedicelsca 4 mm long; calyx ± entire, ca 2 mm long, enlarging to ca 4mm; corolla cream, white, or yellowish, puberulent outside, 7-9 mm long,tubular below, soon falling, the lobes 4, ca 3 mm long, globular inbud; stamens 4, in long-styled flowers to 1.5 mm long, inshort-styled flowers to 10 mm long; filaments coiled in bud,pubescent near point of fusion with tube; long-styled formswith the style long-exserted, to 10 mm long, the stigmabifid, ca 3.5 mm long, the short-styled forms with the styleinserted, the style and stigma each to ca 2 mm long. Fruitsdrupaceous, ± oblong, truncate and ± depressed at apex,to 12 mm long and 9 mm wide, encircled at base by the accrescentcalyx, green turning orange at maturity; seeds 4, white, onlyslightly shorter than the fruit. Croat 4094, 6749, 6780.
Occasional, as a shrub in clearings and open areas or as a treein the younger forest. Flowers from July to December (sometimesfrom April). The fruits mature from October to January.
This species is similar to A.martinicensis Jacq. Southern Mexico, Costa Rica, and Panama.In Panama, known from tropical moist forest in the Canal Zone,Bocas del Toro, San Blas, Panama, and Darien, from premontane moistforest in the Canal Zone and Panama, from premontane wet forest inChiriqui, and from tropical wet forest in Coclé.
See Fig. 478.