Taetsia fruticosa (L.) Merr. Shrub, to 2.5 m tall; stems sparingly branched. Leaves clustered at ends of stems, narrowly elliptic to linear, acuminate, tapered to base and decurrent on petiole, 15-35 cm long, 5-9 cm wide, glabrous, often reddish along margins and midrib. Flowers white, sessile, alternate on branches of open panicles to 30 cm long, each flower subtended by 3 small bracts; perianth tubular, 6-lobed about halfway to base, perpendicular to rachis; stamens 6, included; style slender, included. Berries +/- globose, 3-5 mm diam, red at maturity. Croat 6149. Cultivated in the Laboratory Clearing. Probably flowers chiefly in the rainy season (particularly May, July, and September). The fruits mature mostly in the dry season and the early rainy season. Pollination system unknown. Fruits are well suited for bird dispersal. Cultivated in tropical America. In Panama, known from tropical moist forest on BCI and in Colón; no doubt cultivated elsewhere also.