Webster, Madroño 24:65.1977
Dioecious tree, ca 30 m tall and 45 cm dbh, glabrous all over; outer bark thin, unfissured, prominently lenticellate, the lenticels round to flattened horizontally; inner bark tan; sap at first with a faint, sweet aroma. Leaves alternate, simple, estipulate; petioles less than 1 cm long; blades variable, usually oblong-elliptic to elliptic, acuminate, obtuse and decurrent at base, 8-12 cm long, 4-6 cm wide, the acumen thickened, hyaline or discolored. Flowers green, sessile, apetalous, in axillary fascicles; pedicels and sepals minutely puberulent; sepals 4, obovate, concave, rounded at apex, 2.5-4 mm long, glabrous or appressed-pubescent inside, ciliate; staminate flowers numerous; pedicels slender, to 1 cm long; stamens 8, in 2, ± spreading series, 2.5-3 mm long, arising from margin of a flat cross-shaped pistillode; anthers oblong, to 1.5 cm long, dehiscing laterally; pistillate flowers 1-5 per axil; pedicel thick, to 4 mm long; ovary ovoid, densely gray-sericeous, borne on a flat pubescent disk; stigmas discoid, sessile, green, ca 1.5 mm broad, persisting in fruit. Drupes broadly ovoid, to 2 cm long and 1.5 cm wide, densely pubescent, the trichomes ± appressed; seed 1. Croat 14849, 16516.
Rare; known only from three individuals above the escarpment in the old forest. Seasonal behavior uncertain. Flowers at least in May and June. The fruits probably mature in July and August. Elsewhere the fruits have been observed to be cream-colored or yellowish at maturity (G. Webster, pers. comm.).
Panama and Venezuela. In Panama, known from tropical moist forest in the Canal Zone, from tropical wet forest in Colón, (Santa Rita Ridge), and from lower montane wet forest in Veraguas (Cerro Tute).
See Fig. 321.