Flora of Barro Colorado Island

Laetia procera

(Poepp. & Endl.) Eichl. in Mart., Fl. Brasil.13 (1):453.1871

Casearia belizensis Standl.

Tall tree, probably exceeding 30 m; branches and petioles usually glaucous. Leaves distichous; stipules minute, caducous; petioles 4-15 mm long; blades elliptic-oblong, abruptly short-acuminate, rounded to minutely cordate at base, usually 7-22 cm long, 3.5-5 cm wide, minutely appressed-denticulate, somewhat pellucid-punctate, paler below than above. Umbelliform fascicles of 4-25 (30) flowers, arising from leaf axils or from points ca 5 mm above axils or taking place of leaf along stem, arising on basal two-thirds of branch; pedicels 5-12 mm long; sepals somewhat petaloid, obtuse-reflexing, 2-4 mm long; corolla lacking; stamens 12-20; filaments ca 2 mm long; anthers ca 1 mm long, oblong; style simple, l-2 mm long, persisting on fruit. Capsules berrylike, 1.5-2 cm thick, glabrous, subglobose; seeds 10-20, pitted, ca 3 mm long. Knight 1301.

Apparently rare; restricted to the old forest. Seasonal behavior not certain. Flowers mostly from April to July and fruits in August and September elsewhere.

Belize to Panama and the Guianas to Brazil; West Indies. In Panama, known only from tropical moist forest in the Canal Zone. Reported from premontane wet and tropical wet forests in Costa Rica (Holdridge et al., 1971).

Photos from STRI Digital Archive

  • Laetia procera caps-wet
  • Laetia procera fruit
  • Laetia procera immature-fruit
  • Laetia procera seed-dry
  • Laetia procera
  • Laetia procera
  • Laetia procera Fruit
  • Laetia procera Fruit
  • Laetia procera Fruit Leaf
  • Laetia procera Fruit Leaf