Flora of Barro Colorado Island

Lindackeria laurina

Presl, Rel. Haenk. 2:89, pl. 65.1835

Oncoba laurina (Presl) Warb.

Guavo cimarron, Carbonero, Uvre, Chopo cucullo, Amarillo carbonero

Tree, 3-8 (15) m tall, 5-35 cm dbh; wood yellow; stems weakly striate, brown or with a thin gray flaky crust, the leaf scars 3-sided, raised. Petioles 5-11 cm long, canalic­ulate, somewhat swollen at apex; blades ± oblong-­elliptic, long-acuminate, obtuse to rounded at base, 10-30 cm long, 5-11 cm wide, glabrous, the midrib raised above. Panicles axillary and terminal, to ca 20 cm long; pedicels to 1.5 cm long; flowers ca 1.2 cm diam, conspicuous and sweetly scented; sepals 3, reflexed at anthesis, caducous; petals 6-12, white, blunt at apex; stamens numerous, unequal, exserted; anthers slightly bifid at apex; style 4-6 mm long; stigma shortly trilobate. Capsules 1-1.5 cm diam, covered with stiff bristles, dehiscing into 3 or 4 parts to expose seed; seed usually solitary, smooth, broadly ovate, ca 7 mm long, flattened on one side, gray­-coated, with a shiny, bright red, lateral aril. Croat 6097, 7753.

Locally abundant along some areas of the shore, espe­cially on the southern side of the island; frequent in the forest. Flowers principally in the rainy season from May to October, rarely as early as April or as late as Decem­ber. The fruits mature in the early dry season (January to March). Many leaves fall in late June.

Southern Mexico to northern South America. In Pan­ama, known from tropical moist forest in the Canal Zone, Chiriqui, Panama, and Darién, from premontane wet forest in Chiriqui and Panama, and from tropical wet forest in Colón.

Photos from STRI Digital Archive

  • Lindackeria laurina fruit
  • Lindackeria laurina immature-fruit
  • Lindackeria laurina immature-fruit
  • Lindackeria laurina seed-dry
  • Lindackeria laurina seed-wet
  • Lindackeria laurina seed-wet
  • Lindackeria laurina immature-fruit
  • Lindackeria laurina
  • Lindackeria laurina
  • Lindackeria laurina Bark