L., Sp. Pl. 191. 1753
Dama de noche
Shrub or small tree, to 5 m tall. Leaves alternate; petioles ca 1 cm long; blades ovate, acute to acuminate, obtuse to rounded at base, to 11 cm long, to 5.5 cm wide, minutely puberulent when young, glabrous in age. Panicles axillary or terminal, congested; peduncles with scattered leaf-like bracts; pedicels to 4 mm long, with minute bracteoles; flowers 5-parted; calyx campanulate, puberulent, 2 mm long; corolla greenish to yellowish-white, 14-17 mm long, glabrous outside; stamens equal; filaments ca 3 mm long, dentate near point of insertion; stigma slightly exserted. Berries ellipsoid, to 10 mm long, black at maturity; seeds not studied. Bangham 429.
Collected once on the shore. Seasonal behavior uncertain. According to our records, flowers mostly in the dry season, but also in August.
Native to the Antilles, but cultivated and escaped in many other places in tropical America. In Panama, known from tropical moist forest in the Canal Zone and Bocas del Toro and from tropical wet forest in Colón and Chiriqui.