Flora of Barro Colorado Island

Casearia commersoniana

Camb. in St.-Hil., Adr. Juss. & Camb., Fl. Bras. Merid. 2:235,1830

C. javitensis sensu auct. non H.B.K.

Small tree, usually less than 10 (15) m tall; trunk 10-20 cm dbh; bark smooth; branches ± glabrous. Petioles to 5 mm long; blades ± narrowly elliptic, long-acuminate, acute to obtuse at base, 7-25 cm long, 2.5-9 cm wide, glabrous, lacking pellucid punctations, coarsely serrate to crenate or nearly entire. Fascicles axillary, to 2.5 cm diam; pedicels and sepals pubescent; pedicels to 1 cm long, articulated below middle; flowers few to many, white or greenish; sepals 4 or 5, 3-4 (5) mm long; corolla lacking; stamens 9-15, longer than sepals; ovary sparsely to rather densely pubescent; style with 3 short branches; stigmas capitate. Capsules subglobose, ca 1 cm diem, apiculate, green turning red or brown; seeds 1 or 2, sub­globose, 4-5 mm long. Croat 6389, 6561.

Occasional, on the shore or along trails. Flowers mostly from June to September, with the fruits maturing from August to October.

Southern Mexico to northern South America. In Pan­ama, known principally from tropical moist forest in the Canal Zone, all along the Atlantic slope, and in Chiri­qui, Panama, and Darién; known also from premontane wet forest in Chiriqui and Panama and from tropical wet forest in Colon and Panama.

See Fig. 398.

Photos from STRI Digital Archive

  • Casearia commersoniana flower
  • Casearia commersoniana Inflorescence
  • Casearia commersoniana Inflorescence
  • Casearia commersoniana flower plant
  • Casearia commersoniana fruit
  • Casearia commersoniana immature-fruit
  • Casearia commersoniana immature-Infructescences
  • Casearia commersoniana leaf
  • Casearia commersoniana seed-wet
  • Casearia commersoniana seed-wet