(Sw.) DC., Prodr. 3:188.1828
Shrub or tree, usually 2-8 m tall; stems, petioles, axes of inflorescences, and hypanthia bearing ± dense, ferruginous, stellate pubescence (especially stems and petioles). Petioles very short; blades elliptic to narrowly elliptic, acuminate (the acumen often somewhat twisted), acute at base and decurrent onto petiole, 12-26 cm long, 4.5-14 cm wide, entire or more commonly undulate-denticulate, glabrate or sparsely stellate-pubescent above (at least in age), pubescent with sparse, sessile, stellate trichomes below at least on veins, pliveined, the veins 5, sometimes reddish. Panicles terminal, 8-23 cm long; hypanthium 2-3 mm long, reddish; calyx lobes 5, obtuse to rounded or obscure, the submarginal teeth small and inconspicuous or lacking; petals 5, obovate, to 3 mm long, white, densely papillate-puberulent in distal three-fourths, strongly recurved at anthesis; stamens 10, at first erect; filaments curved, geniculate below anther; anthers to 3 mm long, tapered to apex, the terminal pore held in vicinity of style, later recurved over sides of hypanthium; style erect, straight, to ca 5.7 mm long. Berries depressed-globose, ca 6-9 mm diam, to 5 mm long when fully mature, lavender-blue, becoming purple at maturity, sparsely pubescent; seeds numerous, minute. Croat 8555.
Collected once on Gross Peninsula. Populations usually flower twice during the dry season, once near the onset of the dry season and again in about the middle of the dry season. At the second flowering the plants may also bear fruits from the earlier flowering period. The second flowering is the heavier, with most fruits maturing in the early rainy season, chiefly in July and August.
Southern Mexicoto Bolivia and Paraguay; West Indies. In Panama, known from tropical moist forest in the Canal Zone, Bocas del Toro, Veraguas, Herrera, Panama, and Darien, from premontane moist forest in the Canal Zone (Ancón), from premontane wet forest in Colón, and Chiriqui, from tropical wet forest in Colón, Coclé, Panama, and Darien, and from premontane rain forest in Panama.
See Fig. 437.