Cuatresia exiguiflora (DArcy) Hunz.
SolanaceaePotato Family

Fruit
Fruit



Identification
  - major and minor leaves differ greatly in size
  - axillary groups of several to 10 pale green flowers
  - green fruit partly enclosed by calyx

Description: Shrub or small tree to 6 m, 4 cm dbh; twigs often with two ridges on dorsal side, nodes swollen; leaves distichous, paired, glabrous, on flowering twigs major leaf to 10 x 22 cm, blade elliptic, acuminate, base asymmetric, but equal, lateral veins 9-11, weakly expressed above, minor leaf to 1.5 cm, almost round; flowers in sessile fascicles with up to 10 flowers, arising between and distal to petioles, flowers 4-parted, glabrous, with calyx 3.5-4 mm, without lobes, corolla pale green, 12-16 mm long, lobes 8-10 mm long, 3 mm wide, style exserted 2 mm, anthers ivory; fruit a 1 cm, yellow-green berry partly enclosed by calyx.

Similar species
Cuatresia riapria
Solanum ramonense
Witheringia cuneata

Local distribution: Cloud forest and wet forest on Pacific slope at 1100 to 1500m.

Species range: Nicaragua to Peru

Habitat: Light gaps in wet gullies and stream margins.

Herbivores
  None known.

Phenology: Flower: mar-jul. Fruit: jul-aug.

Pollinators: Bees

Seed dispersers: Bats?



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