- 1 to 2 m shrub with slender twigs
- bark reddish and cracking longitudinally
- paired glabrous leaves
- small white fowers with yellow anthers
- yellow-green globose fruit
Description: Shrub, to 2 m; stem bark cracking and pealing in red strips; leaves solitary or paired, glabrous, to 5 x 10 cm, elliptic to obovate, acute, base acute to obtuse; inflorescence arising at node, 1-3 cm, unbranched; flower with calyx lobes triangular, corolla 10 mm across, lobes 5 mm long, pale green, anthers yellow; fruit to 15 mm, globose, yellow-green when mature.
Local distribution: Pacific slope at 1000-1450 m.
Species range: Mexico to Costa Rica
Habitat: Understory and gaps in premontane wet forest.
Phenology: Flower: may-aug. Fruit: aug-oct.
Pollinators: Small bees
Seed dispersers: Bats