Flora of Barro Colorado Island

Garcia nutans

Vahl in Rohr, Skr. Naturhist-Selsk. 2:217, t. 9.1792

Monoecious shrub or tree, to 15 m; latex scanty; twigs tomentose, soon glabrous. Leaves alternate, simple, mod­erately thick, estipulate; petioles variable, 1-9 cm long, pulvinate at apex; blades ± elliptic, abruptly acuminate to obtuse at apex, obtuse to rounded at base, 8-19 (25) cm long, 2.5-8 cm wide, glabrous above, pilose to gla­brous below, stellate-tomentose on midrib when young; basal pair of lateral veins arising from midrib below the pulvinus. Flowers unisexual, the cymes terminal, pedun­culate, reduced, of 1 or 2 pistillate and several staminate flowers; pedicels 1-3.5 cm long, pubescent; calyx    rup­turing into 2 or 3, valvate segments; petals 6-13, slender, 10-17 mm long, sericeous, longer than calyx, pinkish to dark red; staminate flowers with calyx persistent; disk with numerous segments; stamens numerous (60-150); filaments free; anthers apiculate; pistillate flowers with calyx deciduous; disk lobed; ovary densely sericeous; styles 3, thick, 1.5-2 mm long, reflexed, bifid. Capsules trilobate,  2-2.5 cm long, 3-4 cm diam, sericeous; seeds 3, globose, to 17 mm diam. Knight 1090.

Rare; collected only once. The plant was sterile but there is no doubt of its determination. Seasonal behavior uncertain. The fruits apparently mature in the dry season. Costa Rican collections show flowers mostly in the late dry season and early rainy season.

Mexico to Colombia; Greater Antilles. Apparently rare in Panama, perhaps only from drier parts of tropical moist forest in the Canal Zone and Los Santos.