Cuatresia riparia (Kunth) Hunz.
SolanaceaePotato Family


  - treelet with paired, glabrous leaves
  - 2 cm solitary yellow flowers
  - yellow-green berries partly enclosed by calyx

Description: Treelet, mature at 2-6 m. Leaves distichous, paired, glabrous; flowers sessile in leaf axils, usually solitary, corolla yellow-green, 2 cm long, fruit to 12 mm long, a green berry mostly enclosed by the calyx.

Similar species
Cuatresia exiguiflora
Witheringia cuneata

Local distribution: Cloud forest on both slopes, less abundant in wet forest on Pacific slope.

Species range: Mexico to Panama

Habitat: Common in understory and edges of wetter forests on both slopes, in stream canyons in drier areas.

Ithomia heraldica
Ithomia xenos

Phenology: Most of year, with peak in wet season.

Pollinators: Small bees, also Bombus

Seed dispersers: Bats?

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