Donn. Sm., Bot. Gaz. (Crawfordsville) 40:3. 1905
Tree, to 12 m tall; glabrous except on youngest parts; trunk to 17 cm dbh; bark soft, vertically fissured, flaky. Petioles 1-4 cm long; blades elliptic, acuminate, acute to obtuse at base, mostly 9-20 cm long, 4.5-8 cm wide, moderately bicolorous, pliveined, the veins 3, the lateral veins departing midrib very near base. Panicles terminal, mostly less than 15 cm long; pedicels short, often minutely pubescent together with basal part of hypanthium; flowers 8-10 mm long; hypanthium and calyx together 3-4 mm long; calyx flared, weakly 5-lobed; petals 5, white, oblong, to ca 5 mm long, spreading at anthesis; stamens 10 (often slightly unequal), the longest ± equaling petals; filaments geniculate; anthers tapered to apex, directed to one side, the connective lobed at base; style ca 12 mm long, broadly curved at anthesis; stigma curved in same direction as anthers. Fruiting inflorescences violet-purple; berries round, 7-8 mm diam, black, glabrate; seeds lunate, ca 2.7 mm long. Croat 13800, 14467.
Uncommon, in the forest. Flowers in the middle of the dry season (February and March), with the fruits maturing in April and May.
Belize to Panama. In Panama, known from tropical moist forest in the Canal Zone and Darien and from premontane wet forest in the Canal Zone.