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Liana; younger parts appressed-pubescent withlong slender trichomes especially on stems, petioles, and majorveins of leaves, glabrate in age. Petioles 5-15 mm long, narrowlywinged; blades ± elliptic to obovate or oblanceolate,acuminate, acute to obtuse at base, 7-20 cm long, 3-7 cm wide.Glomerules dense, at usually leafless axils; pedicels 5-10 mm longin flower, to 25 mm long in fruit; flowers 5-8 mm broad; sepals3-5, obovate, to 5 mm long, slightly pubescent outside, glabrous toslightly pubescent inside; petals 5, white, 4-5 mm long; stamensnumerous, sometimes persisting; ovary 1, glabrous; style to 1.5 mmlong; stigma peltate, often persisting. Fruits globose, 6-9 mmdiam, glabrous, red, dehiscing regularly along median suture, thevalves remaining intact; seeds 2, ca 5 mm long, enveloped except atapex by the fleshy white aril. Croat 5144, 9516.
Frequent in the forest and at the edge of thelake; sometimes locally common at the top of the canopy.Flowers throughout the dry season, from December to April, butparticularly in February. The fruits mature in central Panama fromMarch to May (possibly later), chiefly in April. At least someindividuals may flower more than once per season, with individualsflowering in March or April already bearing fruits from an earlierflowering. The fruits were reported to be indehiscent by Hunter inthe Flora of Panama (1965). They are smaller and morenumerous than for any other species of Doliocarpus.
Mexico to Paraguay; Cuba, Trinidad, Tobago. In Panama, knownfrom tropical moist forest in the Canal Zone, Panama, and Darien,from tropical dry forest in Coclé, from premontane moistforest in the Canal Zone and Panama, and from premontane wet forestin Coclé.