Flora of Barro Colorado Island

Ardisia bartlettii

Lund., Contr. Univ. Michigan Herb. 7:37. 1942

Slender shrub or small tree, to 4 m tall, glabrous. Petioles mostly 5-10 mm long; blades elliptic, weakly or markedly acuminate, acute to attenuate and decurrent at base, mostly 6-15 cm long, 2.5-4.5 cm wide, entire or incon­spicuously toothed, densely pellucid-lineolate, the midrib somewhat raised on both surfaces, the lateral veins ob­scure (at least when fresh). Racemes terminal, corymbose or subumbellate, lavender to red-violet throughout, short, mostly less than 5 cm long; pedicels slender, 4-13 mm long; flowers 5-parted, to 14 mm wide, pellucid-punctate; calyx lobes 5, densely punctate, ca 2 mm long, becoming green, persisting in fruit; corolla ca 7 mm long in bud, ca 12 mm wide when open, the lobes 5, ovate, spreading to recurved, free to near base; stamens 4-5 mm long; filaments short, stout, united with corolla at base; anthers yellow, pointed, 3-4 mm long, dehiscing by apical pores; style simple, slender, slightly exceeding stamens, shorter than petals, at first erect, becoming bent to one side. Drupes subglobose, fleshy, at first ± maroon, becoming purple-black at maturity, 6-8 mm diam; seed globose, ca 5 mm diam. Croat 11271.

Frequent in the forest. Flowers from May to Septem­ber (sometimes from March), with the fruits maturing from June to October (sometimes to December). Known only from Panama, from tropical moist forest in the Canal Zone, San Blas, and Darien.

Photos from STRI Digital Archive

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