G. Don, Gen. Hist. Dichl. Pl. 2:391.1832 1. confusa Britt.& Rose
Tree, to 9 (25) m tall; branchlets lenticellate, minutely ferruginous-pubescent, sometimes ribbed below petioles. Petiole and rachis unwinged, minutely margined, minutely pubescent; leaflets in (4) 6-7 (8) pairs, obovate-oblong to obovate, short-acuminate, obtuse to rounded at base, glabrate but with puberulent veins, the terminal pair 15-25 (34) cm long, 4.5-8 (12) cm wide. Spikes axillary (appearing paniculate on new growth) in groups of 1-4; peduncle and rachis tomentose; peduncles 1-2.5 (4.5) cm long; rachis 1-1.5 cm long; flowers dense, very short-pedicellate; bracts ca 1 mm long; pedicel and calyx sparsely pubescent; calyx 3-5 mm long, the lobes ca 0.5 mm long; corolla minutely, sparsely pubescent, 7-9 mm long, the lobes ca 1.5 mm long; stamens and style to 4 cm long. Legumes flat, minutely puberulent, curved slightly, to 16 cm long and 4 cm wide, the marginal ribs prominent. Croat 8436.
Infrequent or rare; collected along the shore of Gigante Bay and the shore of Bat Cove. Seasonal behavior uncertain. Flowers from August to April, possibly with individuals flowering twice a year. Fruit maturity period not determined.
Nicaragua to Peru and Brazil. In Panama, known from tropical moist forest in the Canal Zone, Bocas del Toro, Colón, Panama, and Darien.
See Fig. 265.