Frequent in the forest. Flowers in the rainy season (July to November), with the fruits maturing from September to December. Seeds are probably dispersed by birds. Guatemala to Brazil and Paraguay. In Panama, known from tropical moist forest in the Canal Zone, Bocas del Toro, San Blas, Chiriqui, Los Santos, Panama, and Darien; known also from premontane moist forest in the Canal Zone and Panama and from premontane wet forest in Colón, Chiriqui, Coclé, and Panama.