Liana or arching shrub. Petioles 0.5-2 cm long; blades elliptic to oblong-elliptic, acute and falcate at apex, obtuse at base, 6-14 cm long, 3-7.5 cm wide, ± glabrous, entire, often drying blackish. Cymes dense, scorpioid; flowers 5-parted, sessile; sepals slightly connate at base, subulate, 1.5-2 mm long, glabrous; corolla white, the tube ca 5 mm long, the lobes 1.5-2 mm long; stamens nearly sessile, attached ca one-third of the length of corolla tube; anthers ca 1.5 mm long; ovary ovoid; stigma 1, sessile, conical. Fruits globose, 5-6 mm diam, white at maturity, containing 4 nutlets; nutlets brown, ca 4 mm long. Croat 9560.
Frequent along the shore. Flowers from December to July, very rarely in the middle of the rainy season, mostly during February and March. The fruits mature within a month and are most common in March and April.
Throughout American tropics. In Panama, known from most areas of tropical moist forest, as well as from tropical dry forest in Panama (Taboga Island), from premontane moist forest in Los Santos (Punta Mala), from premontane wet forest in Chiriqui (Boquete) and Coclé (El Valle), from tropical wet forest in Colón (Miguel de la Borda), and from premontane rain forest in Colón (Santa Rita Ridge) and Panama (Cerro Jefe).
See Fig. 476.