H.B.K., Nov. Gen. & Sp. 6:188.1824
Fruta de pavo
Shrub, to 2.5 m tall; stems pubescent and glandular, the younger ones often tetragonal and purplish-red. Petioles short, ca 5 mm long; blades lanceolate, acuminate, acute to obtuse at base, mostly 5-13 cm long and 2-5 cm wide, sparsely glandular on both sides (drying as black dots), glabrous to inconspicuously but densely puberulent above, puberulent below, the trichomes larger below and chiefly on veins. Flowers 4- or 5-parted, many, tristylous, in axillary short-pedunculate clusters; peduncles 1-7 mm long; pedicels 5-7 mm long; hypanthium campanulate, 2-4 mm long; calyx lobes deltoid; petals obovate, white, to ca 2.5 mm long in the short- and long-styled flowers, to 4 mm long in the intermediate-styled flowers; stamens 8 or 10, the short-styled flowers with the stamens 3-4.5 mm long, the style to 1 mm long, the intermediate-styled flowers with stamens 4.5-5.5 mm long, the style to 1.5 mm long, the long-styled flowers with stamens to 3 mm long, the style to 3 mm long; ovary ovoid, short-stipitate; ovary and style pubescent; outside of hypanthium, calyx, petals, ovary, and style with orange glands (drying black). Fruits thin-walled, indehiscent capsules, ovoid or globose, bearing the persistent style, becoming red at apex, ca 4-5 mm long; seeds many, clustered in a globular mass, ca 1 mm long, broadest at apex, tapered to narrow base. Croat 8325, 14942.
Occasional, in clearings. Flowers from March to November. The fruits probably mature within 3 or 4 months. Mexico to Argentina. In Panama, known from tropical moist forest in the Canal Zone, Colón, Panama, and Darién and from premontane moist forest in the Canal Zone and Panama.