Trema micrantha

Primary tabs

Trema micrantha

Description

Tree up to 15(-20) m tall. Branchlets 1.5-4 mm thick, puberulous. Stipules 0.2-0.5 cm long, puberulous, caducous (or subpersistent); petiole 0.2-1 cm long; blade chartaceous, narrowly ovate, 3.5-18 x 1-6 cm, more or less unequal-sided, apex faintly acuminate to subcaudate, base truncate to subcordate, margin serrate (to crenate), scabrous, hispidulous above, smooth to scabrous, sparsely to densely hirtellous to subtomentose or puberulous to hispidulous beneath; secondary veins 4-5 pairs. Inflorescences (in pairs) in the leaf axils, up to 2 cm long, branched or unbranched. Staminate flowers subsessile; tepals 5, ca. 1.5 mm long. Pistillate flowers pedicellate; tepals 5, 1-1.5 mm long. Drupes ellipsoid to subglobose, 2-2.5 mm long, at maturity orange or reddish.

Distribution

tropical America present
Throughout tropical America.

Common Name

English: kabuyakoro, kopi-kopi

Notes

T. micrantha appears to be very closely related to the Old World taxa T. orientalis (L.) Blume and T. tomentosa (Roxb.) Hara, both with fruit turning black at maturity. The main difference between T. micrantha and the latter two taxa appears to be the colour of the fruit.