Benth., Bot. Voy. Sulphur 91, t. 32.1844
Tree, to 15 m tall; trunk ca 20 cm dbh; outer bark unfissured, minutely roughened, thin; inner bark reddish-brown, thin, hard; branches enlarged at base; young branchlets and petioles puberulent; sap with faint, pungent odor. Petioles 0.5-1 cm long; stipules minute, paired, subpersistent; blades ovate, acuminate at apex, obtuse to rounded at base, 5.5-10 cm long, 2.5-5 cm wide, glabrous above, whitish below with dense, minute, arachnoid trichomes. Flowers minute, in terminal or upper-axillary panicles 10-20 cm long, the branches and pedicels densely and minutely puberulent; hypanthium campanulate or turbinate, to 2 mm long; calyx lobes 5, minute, ovate, acute; petals lacking; stamens 3, less than 1 mm long; anthers about half as long as filaments; ovary white-hirsute; style to 2 mm long, adjacent to the 2 stamenless calyx lobes. Fruits pyriform to obovate, to 2.5 cm long and 2 cm diam, at first pink to red, becoming white and soft at maturity, usually with a minute depression at apex; mesocarp thick, fleshy, sweet, somewhat pithy; seed obovate, ca 1 cm diam. Croat 14648.
Infrequent, in both the younger and older forests. Probably flowers in the early dry season. The fruits are mature mostly from April to June.
Southern Mexico to Colombia, Venezuela, the Guianas, and Amazonian Brazil. In Panama, known from tropical moist forest on BCI and in Darien and from premontane wet forest in Panama (Cerro Azul).