Shrub or small tree, to 3 m tall; young stems, petioles, midribs, pedicels, and hypanthia bearing dense, short, erect trichomes. Petioles 1-2 mm long; blades ovate or elliptic, bluntly acuminate, mostly obtuse at base, 3.5-6 cm long, 1.5-2.5 cm wide, pellucid-punctate, +/- thick, the margins revolute and ciliate. Racemes or umbels abbreviated, nearly glabrous; pedicels slender, to 1 cm long, bearing 2 bracts beneath the hypanthium; flowers 4-parted; sepals ovate, ca 2 mm long, spreading at anthesis, glandular-dotted, persisting in fruit; petals obovate, ca 5 mm long, pellucid-dotted, ciliate; stamens numerous, ca 5 mm long; style simple. Berries globose, 4-5 mm diam, at first green, turning orange and finally black, glandular-dotted; seed 1, globose, ca 4 mm diam. Croat 5457. Rare, seen only on the shore north of the Front # 8 Lighthouse Clearing. Seasonal behavior not determined. Mexico and Panama, probably elsewhere in Central America. In Panama, known from tropical moist forest in the Canal Zone (Atlantic slope), Panama, and Darien.