(Griseb.) Krug & Urban, Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 19:641. 1895
Tree, to 6 (15) in tall; young stems, petioles, and leavesminutely appressed-pubescent to glabrate in age. Petioles 4-7 (10)mm long; blades ± elliptic, bluntly to narrowly acuminate,mostly acute at base, 5.5-10 cm long, 3-4.5 cm wide,pellucid-punctate; reticulate veins obscure. Racemes 2 or 3,superposed, axillary, less than 1.5 cm long; pedicels 2-7 mm long;bracts ovate-triangular, less than 1 mm long; bracteoles broadlyovate, connate, forming an involucre to 1.5 mm wide and 0.5mm high; flowers 4-parted, the buds 2.5-3.5 mm. long;hypanthium campanulate, ca 1 mm long, appressed-pubescent;calyx lobes rounded, in unequal pairs; petals greenish-white;stamens ca 50, to 5 mm long; disk pubescent around base of style;style 5-6.5 mm. long; ovary bilocular; ovules 8-10 per locule;stigma simple. Fruits globose, 6-8 mm diam, glabrate, green turningyellow then red and finally maroon at maturity; seed 1, globose,4-5 mm. diam, black. Croat 8280.
Seen once on the shore near Drayton House, but no flowers havebeen seen on the island. In Central America flowers from Decemberto May; BCI plants probably flower in December and January. Full-sized fruits have been seen on BCI inFebruary.
The flower description given here is based on the Flora ofGuatemala (McVaugh, 1963), where the fruits are described asobovoid or short-ellipsoid.
Guatemala to Colombia (Santa Marta). In Panama, known only fromtropical moist forest on BCI.