(Bonpl.) L. O. Wms., Fieldiana, Bot. 29:558.1963
Heterotrichum octonum (Bonpl.) DC.
Shrub, (1) 2-3 (5) m tall; stems, petioles, peduncles, and hypanthia with both stellate and simple trichomes, the simple ones in part very long, in part short and glandular. Leaf pairs sometimes unequal; petioles 2-10 cm long; blades ovate, acuminate, cordate at base, 8-20 cm long, 6-12 cm wide, chiefly with long simple trichomes above and short stellate ones below, denticulate; veins 7. Panicles upper-axillary and subterminal; flowers 7or 8-parted; hypanthium and calyx lobes together to 5 mm long, the exterior teeth slender, much longer than calyx lobes, ca 1.5 mm long; petals obovate, 8-13 mm long, white, broadly spreading; stamens folded in bud, erect and radially symmetrical at anthesis; anthers ca 6 mm long, gradually tapered to apex with a single terminal pore; style stout, erect in bud, elongating after anthesis, held to one side well above anthers, to ca 1 cm long. Berries purple at maturity, 1-1.5 cm diam, the pubescence of the hypanthium persisting; seeds minute, numerous. Croat 11848.
Occasional, at the edge of the forest. Flowers and fruits throughout the year.
Southern Mexico to Peru and Brazil; Cuba, Jamaica. In Panama, known from premontane moist forest in the Canal Zone and Veraguas, from tropical moist forest in the Canal Zone, Bocas del Toro, San Blas, Veraguas, Los Santos, Herrera, Panama, and Darien, from premontane wet forest in the Canal Zone, Chiriqui, and Panama, and from tropical wet forest in Panama and Darien.
See Fig. 429.