Flora of Barro Colorado Island

Odontocarya truncata

Standl., J. Arnold Arbor. 11:121. 1930

Glabrous, slender vine. Leaves alternate; petioles 4.5-7.5 cm long; blades ovate, acuminate, truncate to shallowly cordate at base, 8-13 cm long, 5-9 cm wide, with sunken, discolored domatia in axils on lower surface; venation palmate at base. Inflorescences racemose, axillary (some­times at leafless nodes), solitary; sepals of staminate flow­ers 6, membranaceous, the outer 3 ovate, ca 0.5 mm long and wide, the inner 3 obovate, concave, ca 2 mm long and 1.5 mm wide; petals of staminate flowers 6, narrowly oblanceolate, ca 1.5 mm long and 0.5 mm wide; stamens 6, ca 1.3 mm long; filaments ca 1 mm long, the outer 3 connate to the middle, the inner 3 connate their entire length. Pistillate infructescences 10-20 cm long; fruiting pedicels 1-1.5 cm long; pistillate flowers unknown. Fruits of 1-3 drupes, these         oblong-ellipsoid, ca 2 cm long and 1-2 cm diam, orange-yellow, drying blackish, with a small ridge around the margin. Croat 4945.

Rare, at the edge of clearings. Seasonal behavior un­certain. Known to flower in January and fruit from April to September.

Costa Rica to northern Colombia. In Panama, known from tropical moist forest in the Canal Zone (on and adjacent to BCI).

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