Flora of Barro Colorado Island

Cestrum latifolium

Lam., Illustr. 2:5, no. 2275. 1793

Shrub or small tree, to 3.5 (12) m tall; stems, especially on younger parts, petioles, and leaves, especially on veins below, sparsely to densely pubescent with weak multi­cellular trichomes. Leaves alternate; petioles 1-2 (4) cm long; blades ovate to elliptic, acuminate, acute to obtuse at base, 7-16 (25) cm long, 3.5-8.5 cm wide. Racemes or panicles short, congested, axillary, the branches and calyces pubescent; flowers 5-parted, to 3.5 cm long; calyx 1-3 mm long, the lobes acute; corolla narrowly tubular, 13-18 (20) mm long,    whitish-yellow or greenish, the lobes 5 (6), narrowly acute, 2-2.5 mm long, pubescent outside along margins, glabrous inside; stamens 5., in­cluded; filaments fused to tube most of their length; anthers about as broad as long, held just below rim; stigma truncate; style held just above anthers. Berries obovoid, pink to black at maturity, 5-9 mm long; seeds several. Croat 11996.

Uncommon, known from Rear # 8 Lighthouse Clear­ing and from the forest near the Laboratory Clearing. Flowers from April to September, but mostly in the early rainy season, from May to July. The fruits mature from July to November, mostly from August to October.

Nicaragua to the Guianas and Brazil; the Antilles. In Panama, known from tropical moist forest in the Canal Zone, San Blas, Veraguas, Panama, and Darien, from tropical dry forest in Los Santos, from premontane moist forest in the Canal Zone, from premontane wet forest in Panama, and from tropical wet forest in Chiriqui.

Photos from STRI Digital Archive

  • Cestrum latifolium
  • Cestrum latifolium Fruit
  • Cestrum latifolium Fruit Leaf