(Bull) Bailey, Rhodora 18:153. 1916
Nothopanax guilfoylei (Bull) Merr.
Wild coffee, Coffee tree
Glabrous shrub, 5-7 m tall but usually pruned; stems with elongate lenticels. Leaves imparipinnate; petiole, rachis, and petiolules often purplish and marked with light green streaks; leaflets 3-9, variable, orbicular to ovate-elliptic, obtuse to short-acuminate at apex, acute to rounded at base, attenuate to petiole, mostly 5-12 cm long, 3-7 cm wide, sharply serrate, the margins sometimes white. Panicles large, open, the umbels long pedunculate; flowers small, 4- or 5-parted, pedicellate; ovary 5-8-locular. Fruits not seen. Croat 14549.
Cultivated in the Laboratory Clearing and usually pruned. Seasonal behavior not determined.
The variety laciniata Bailey, with deeply incised margins, is cultivated at Summit Garden (Canal Zone). Native to Polynesia; cultivated in the American tropics. In Panama, known from tropical moist forest in the Canal Zone and Bocas del Toro.