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Miconia affinisDC.
Common Name:Miconia payaso

DC., Prodr. 3:187.1828

M. microcarpa DC.; M. beurlingii Tr.

Shrub or small tree, usually 3-7 m tall; youngerparts of stems and petioles, panicles, and hypanthia  stellate­-tomentose. Petioles 1-2 cm long; blades± oblong-­elliptic, acuminate, acute to obtuse at base,9-28 cm long, 3.5-12 cm wide, glabrate to sparselyappressed-stellate on both surfaces (at least on veins below), themidrib sometimes arched; veins from the base 3-5. Paniclesterminal, to 15 cm long, almost as broad; hypanthium 1.5-2.5 mmlong; calyx lobes 5, rounded to triangular, the exterior teethoften nearly as long, slender; petals 5, white, to 2.7 mm long,spreading; stamens 10; style straight, erect, at first much shorterthan stamens, elon­gating to ca 6 mm and ± equaling poresof stamens; stamens ± erect; filaments curved, geniculatebelow anthers. Axes of fruiting inflorescences reddish; berriesdepressed-globose, green becoming whitish, turning blue and finallypurple-black at maturity, 3 mm long, 6 mm wide; seeds numerous,minute. Croat 11443.

Occasional, in the forest. Flowers mostly in thedry season (January to June), with the fruits maturing mainly fromJune to October. Plants may flower more than once per year.

The species has been confused with M. hyperprasinaNaud., which is known only from southern Mexico and Guatemala.

Elsewhere in Panama, Trigona bees have been seencollecting pollen from this species.

Mexico to Panama, Colombia, and the Amazon basin in Peru,Brazil, Venezuela, and French Guiana; Trinidad. In Panama, knownfrom tropical moist forest in the Canal Zone, Bocas del Toro,Panama, and Darien, from premontane wet forest in ColónCoclé, and Panama, and from premontane rain forest in Panamaand Darien.

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