Tree, to 12 m tall. Leaves alternate; petioles ca 1-2 cm long, glabrate; blades lanceolate-elliptic, long-acuminate, mostly obtuse to rounded at base, 7-15 cm long, 2.5-5 cm wide, +/- glabrous. Cymes branched, axillary or terminal, 3-9 cm long, the branches crisp-villous; flowers 5-parted; calyx 2.3-3.3 mm long, the lobes acute, ciliate; corolla to 15 mm long, slender, cream or greenish-white, the lobes villous inside; stamens included; filaments fused to tube most of their length; style flat on end, held slightly above anthers; nectaries golden-yellow. Berries obovoid or ellipsoid, ca 6 mm long, black, with thickened pedicels ca 2 mm long; seeds usually 3, wedge-shaped (like orange segments), densely papillate, ca 4 mm long, embedded in a juicy white matrix, very bitter before maturity, sweet at maturity. Croat 8899. Belize to Brazil. In Panama, known from tropical moist forest in the Canal Zone, Bocas del Toro, Panama, and Darien, from premontane wet forest in Chiriqui and Coclé, and from tropical wet forest in Colón and Coclé, Reported from premontane rain forest in Costa Rica (Holdridge et al., 1971).