Flora of Barro Colorado Island

Conostegia cinnamomea

(Beurl.) Wurdack, Phytologia 38:287.1978

C. micromeris Standl.

Shrub, usually 1.5-3.5 m tall; younger parts furfuraceous with stellate trichomes, soon glabrate. Petioles 2-5 (10) mm long- blades broadest at about middle, gradually tapered to both ends, acuminate, mostly     6-22 cm long, 2.5-8.5 cm wide, bicolorous, glabrate above, sparsely stellate-pubescent below especially on veins, pliveined, the margins entire or minutely wavy (sinuate), the veins 5-7. Terminal compound dichasia 3-6 cm long, divari­cately branched, the branches opposite, each subtended by a pair of narrow bracts; flowers sessile or short-­pedunculate, minutely furfuraceous, the buds 3-4.7 cm long, distinctly apiculate, short-pedicellate; hypanthium 2-3 mm long at anthesis; petals (4) 5, white to pink, 4-4.7 mm long, acute at apex, recurved, soon falling; stamens (8) 10, erect at anthesis; filaments flattened, slightly longer than the anthers, markedly curved; an­thers with terminal pores; style ca 5 mm long. Berries depressed-globose, to 6 mm diam, green turning light blue then deep purple at maturity; seeds minute, num­erous. Croat 6250.

Frequent in the forest. Flowers and fruits throughout the year, principally from July to September. Recognized by its small, inconspicuous inflorescences with beaked buds. The flowers fall off soon, and the plant seldom appears to be conspicuously in flower. Nicaragua to western Colombia. In Panama, known principally from tropical moist forest in the Canal Zone, Colon, Panama, and Darién, known also from premon­tane wet forest in Coclé and from tropical wet and pre­montane rain forests in Darién,

See Fig. 431.

Photos from STRI Digital Archive

  • Conostegia cinnamomea flower-bud plant
  • Conostegia cinnamomea flower
  • Conostegia cinnamomea fruit
  • Conostegia cinnamomea Infructescences
  • Conostegia cinnamomea fruit plant
  • Conostegia cinnamomea immature-Infructescences
  • Conostegia cinnamomea leaf
  • Conostegia cinnamomea
  • Conostegia cinnamomea
  • Conostegia cinnamomea Fruit