Saff. ex Standl., J. Wash. Acad. Sci. 15:102. 1925
Slender tree or shrub, to 4 m tall, less than 8 cm dbh; stems puberulent when young, glabrate in age. Leaves puberulent when young, glabrous except on veins in age; petioles less than 1 cm long; blades obovate to oblong-elliptic, abruptly acuminate, rounded to obtuse at base, 10-23 cm long, 5-9 cm wide. Flowers greenish, 1 to few, opposite leaves or internodal; pedicels to 1.5 cm long; sepals 3, ovate, to ca 4 mm long, acuminate; petals valvate, the outer 3 to 3.2 cm long, connate to 5 mm at base, abruptly narrowed ca 1 cm above base, dark violet-purple inside at base, the inner three 5-7 mm long, connate with outer petals at base; stamens numerous, 1-1.5 mm long. Fruits fleshy aggregates, oblong-ellipsoid, 4-6 cm long, ca 3 cm diam, densely pubescent, smooth or with slightly raised anastomosing lines, these forming irregular isodiametric cells; seeds numerous, 1 per carpet. Croat 11428, 14879.
Occasional to locally common in the forest. Numerous trees grow beyond Snyder-Molino Trail 300, at Shannon Trail 0, and along Miller and Lake trails. Flowers from April to July. The fruits mature probably from July to September (sometimes to October).
Known only from Panama, from tropical moist forest in the Canal Zone, Panama and Darién and from premontane moist forest in the Canal Zone.