Berg, Linnaea 27:382. 1856
Glabrous tree, to 7 m tall. Petioles 2-3 mm long; blades ovate to oblong-elliptic, acuminate, obtuse to rounded at base, mostly 4-9 cm long, 1.5-3 cm wide, pellucid-punctate. Flowers usually solitary (to 3) in axils, sometimes pseudoterminal and in clusters of 5 or fewer, sweetly aromatic, 5-parted, to 4 cm diam; pedicels 1-5 cm long, with a pair of minute, caducous bracteoles below calyx; calyx lobed almost to base, the lobes oblong, to 1 cm long, with a faint midrib, persisting in fruit; petals obovate-oblong, ca 1.5 cm long, white or white tinged with pink (especially on outside), spreading at anthesis; stamens many; style simple; ovules numerous. Berries subglobose, ca 1 cm long; seeds many, ca 3 mm long, tan. Croat 7682.
Occasional, along the shore. Flowers and fruits principally during the dry season (December to April), but also during the rainy season.
Wilson (1971) reported that the fruits are eaten by the bat Micronycteris hirsuta.
Costa Rica and Panama. In Panama, most commonly from tropical moist forest in the Canal Zone, Panama, and Coclé, but known also from premontane dry forest in Coclé (Penonomé) and from premontane wet forest in Panama (Cerro Campana).
See Fig. 423.