Saff., Contr. U.S. Natl. Herb. 16:274, pl. 97. 1913
Small tree, (3) 4-5 (7) m tall; young stems, petioles, and lower surface of blades with sparse appressed-ferruginous pubescence, soon glabrous. Petioles to 6 mm long; blades lanceolate to oblong-elliptic or oblanceolate, acuminate, acute and decurrent at base, 4-11.5 cm long, 1.5-3.5 cm wide. Flowers solitary, on sterns opposite leaves; pedicels to 1.6 cm long, bearing a small bracteole near base; flower buds depressed-globose; calyx ca 5 mm long, saucer-shaped with 3 minute lobes, with appressed-ferruginous pubescence; petals 3, valvate, white, green in bud, ovate-rounded, thick, obtuse at apex, 10-15 mm long; stamens 2.5 mm long, numerous. Fruits fleshy aggregates, green, 2-3 cm wide, 1.8-2.3 cm long, rounded above, flat below, the surface covered with prominent projections 1-2 mm high, subtended by the thick, flattened, 3-sided calyx, bursting open irregularly from apex at maturity to expose bright orange interior; seeds 1 per carpel, broadest at apex, gradually tapered to base, weakly angulate, ca 1 cm long, tan. Croat 4379, 11757.
Frequent in the forest. Flowers from May through August. The fruits mature from November to March, sometimes beginning in October.
Known only from Panama, from tropical moist forest in the Canal Zone and Panama and from premontane moist forest in Panama.