Flora of Barro Colorado Island

Clidemia octona

(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.

Photos from STRI Digital Archive

  • Clidemia octona flower
  • Clidemia octona Inflorescence
  • Clidemia octona fruit plant
  • Clidemia octona immature-fruit plant
  • Clidemia octona leaf
  • Clidemia octona
  • Clidemia octona
  • Clidemia octona Fruit
  • Clidemia octona Fruit Leaf
  • Clidemia octona Flower Fruit Leaf