- spiny treelet, 2-5 m
- leaves with small lobes and rusty stellate hairs
- flower white, lobes free nearly to base
- fruit with sticky glandular hairs and large calyx
Description: Treelet, 2-5 m, secondary forest and old pasture; spines on stem, twigs, and leaf midvein, rusty pubescent; petiole to 4 cm, blade to 13 x 22 cm, rusty pubescent with stellate hairs, with or without 1-4 tooth-like lobes; inflorescence opposite petiole or internodal; flower with corolla white, 1.5 cm, lobes 13 mm, free nearly to base, stamens yellow, narrowed to tip with small pores, 6 mm, equal; fruit to 15 mm, globose, yellow-green, pubescent with sticky glandular hairs, calyx 16 mm; seed 3-4 mm, kidney-shaped, orange-tan.
Local distribution: Pacific slope at 1000-1450 m.
Species range: Nicaragua to Panama, possibly Ecuador
Habitat: Overgrown pastures, forest edge, roadside, coffee plantations.
Phenology: Flower: jul. Fruit: mar.
Seed dispersers: Birds or bats