- herb to 1.5 m, forest gaps and edge
- small green-white flowers with yellow-green anthers
- erect spindle-shaped fruit with bumpy surface
Description: Herb, 0.5-1.5 m; usually with a single stem branching well above base; leaves pinnate, glabrous, 3-9 lanceolate leaflets to 12 cm long, often dark velvety green above with purple underside; inflorescneces axillary, 1-2 cm; flowers with pedicels 4-8 mm, calyx 1-2 mm, corolla 4-8 mm, pale green to green-white or yellow-green, anthers yellow-green; fruit about 2 x 3 cm tall, teardrop-shaped, green to green-white.
Local distribution: Extending from the Atlantic lowlands up to 1700 m and down to 900 m on the Pacific slope, confined to wetter microhabitats on the drier Pacific side.
Species range: Guatemala to Colombia, Venezuela, and Peru
Habitat: Forest understory and edge, especially in light gaps and along sunny trails and streams within forest.
Phenology: Flower: jan-feb, apr-jun (anytime of year). Fruit: during and immediately following flowering (jun).
Seed dispersers: Unknown
Comments: A quite distinctive member of the forest understory because of its compound leaves with deep purple undersides.