R. & P., F1. Peruv. 2:25, pl.151.1799
Scandent shrub, to 3 m tall; most parts sparsely pubescent. Petioles very short or to 4 cm long; blades ovate-elliptic to lanceolate-elliptic, acute to acuminate, obtuse to rounded at base, 7-23 cm long, 2.5-10 cm wide, ± entire. Inflorescences of terminal, scorpioid cymes, the branches spikelike, to 8 cm long; flowers sessile or short-pedicellate, 5-parted; sepals slightly connate at base, ovate, 1-1.5 mm long; corolla white to yellow, the tube 10-12 mm long, the lobes ca 2 mm long; stamens ± sessile, borne midway on corolla tube; filaments fused in lower half; anthers ca 2 mm long; ovary ovoid; stigma sessile. Fruits globose, 4-5 mm diam, white, separating into 2-4 nutlets at maturity; nutlets brown, ca 2.5 mm long. Croat 9100.
Infrequent, at the edges of clearings; seen at the Laboratory Clearing. Flowers from October to May, chiefly from December to April. The fruits mature within about a month and are usually present on the flowering plants after about January, the last being seen about August.
Honduras to Peru. In Panama, ecologically diverse; known from all areas of tropical moist forest except in Chiriqui, from premontane wet forest in Coclé (El Valle), from tropical wet forest in Coclé (Boca de Toabré), and from premontane rain forest in Coclé (Cerro Pilón).
See Fig. 475.