H.B.K., Nov. Gen. & Sp. 7:232, pl. 651. 1825
Raspa lengua, Parimontón
Small tree, 4-20 m tall; trunk to 30 cm dbh, often forming stilt-roots when leaning; outer bark smooth, thin; inner bark tan, granular, streaked with harder dark areas; young stems, petioles, and midribs above sparsely pubescent. Petioles 1-4 cm long; blades ± elliptic, acuminate, obtuse at base and with 2 green glands on upper surface, 7-22 cm long, 4-11 cm wide, coarsely serrate; palmate veins at base 3, with a second pair of lateral veins arising in apical half to two-thirds of blade. Umbels divaricately branched, often broader than long; inflorescence branches, pedicels, and flowers puberulent; flowers 4-parted; sepals acute at apex; petals white, narrowly spatulate, to 2.7 mm long, equaling sepals; both petals and sepals recurved at anthesis; stamens numerous, 3-4 mm long; ovary ± stalked, nearly glabrous; style to 2 mm long; stigma simple. Berries subglobose, to 8 mm long, red turning dark violet-purple at maturity; seeds 1 or 2, to 5 mm long. Croat 7273.
Common in the forest, especially the young forest. Flowers mostly in the dry season, but as late as June. Most fruits mature in the late dry and early rainy seasons. Plants may develop a second inflorescence from the base of the infructescence at about the time the fruits are maturing.
Fruits are eaten by white-faced monkeys in June (Hladik & Hladik, 1969).
Honduras to northern South America. In Panama, known from tropical moist forest in the Canal Zone, Bocas del Toro, Colón, Panama, and Darien and from tropical wet forest in Colón, (Portobelo). Reported from premontane wet and premontane rain forests in Costa Rica (Holdridge et al., 1971).
See Fig. 399.