HabitDelicate shrub or small slender treelet 1-3 m tall; young stems completely glabrous, shiny and green; bark of the older stems grey.
Sympodial StructureSympodial units unifoliate.
LeavesLeaves elliptic to lanceolate, widest at the middle, glabrous on both surfaces, the undersurfaces pale in both dry and live plants, 8-16 x 2-5 cm, with 7-9 pairs of main lateral veins, these raised above, in dry specimens somewhat prominent below, darkish, the rest of the venation obscure, the apex acute, the base acute, decurrent on the petiole; petioles 0.8-2 cm long, longer on older leaves.
InflorescencesInflorescences opposite the leaves, minute, simple, 3-5 mm long, 3-6-flowered, glabrous; pedicel scars closely spaced, but not overlapping. Buds globose, when very young minutely hirsute with uniseriate trichomes ca. 0.1 mm long or less, the corolla soon exserted from the calyx. Pedicels at anthesis slender, 6-8 mm long, deflexed, ca. 0.3 mm in diam. at the base.
FlowersFlowers with the calyx tube not much differentiated from the pedicel, ca. 0.25 mm long, the lobes broadly deltoid, minutely apiculate, ca. 0.25 mm long, glabrous except for the tips of the lobes; corolla white, minute, 4-5 mm in diam., lobed ca. 2/3 of the way to the base, the lobes reflexed at anthesis, the tips of the lobes minutely papillose; anthers 1-1.5 mm long, ca. 0.75 mm wide, poricidal at the tips, the pores tear-drop shaped; free portion of the filaments ca. 0.25 mm long, the filament tube ca. 0.25 mm long; ovary glabrous; style straight, in long-styled flowers ca. 3 mm long, ca. 1 mm long in short-styled flowers; stigma a papillose area on the tips of the style.
FruitsFruit a globose, green berry, ca. 1 cm in diam. (immature); fruiting pedicels erect, woody, 2-2.2 cm long, ca. 0.75 mm in diam. at the base.
SeedsSeeds not known from mature fruit.
Catalog Number: US 3066251
Collection: Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Department of Botany
Verification Degree: Original publication and alleged type specimen examined
Preparation: Pressed specimen
Collector(s): S. Knapp & J. Mallet
Year Collected: 1984
Locality: Along Rio Metzera Grande on Hacienda San Gay, near Palora., Morona-Santiago, Ecuador, South America
Elevation (m): 950 to 950
- Isotype: Knapp, S. 1986. Brittonia. 38: 294.
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