Heisteria densifrons

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Heisteria densifrons


Glabrous, subscandent shrub, treelet, or tree 3-10(-16) m tall; trunk to 15 cm diam.Branchlets finely striate, subterete. Petioles 5-10(-15) mm long; blades thin-chartaceous to subcoriaceous, ovate to elliptic or oblong, (4-)10-18(-25) x 3-5 (-9) cm, apex more or less abruptly acuminate for 0.5-1.5 cm, tip blunt, base cuneate, primary vein slightly prominent above, more distinctly so beneath, secondary veins 6-9 pairs, arcuately ascending and rather distinctly looping before the margin, usually slightly impressed above, raised beneath. Flowers (1-)3-6 in a fascicle per axil, arising from a small cushion formed by numerous small bracts; pedicels 1-2 mm long. Calyx patently cup-shaped, shortly 5(-6)-dentate, ca. 1 mm high, 2 mm diam.; petals 5(-6), ovate-lanceolate, coherent below, white, densely hispidulous-hairy inside, 4-5(-6) mm long; stamens 10(-12), filaments slender; ovary depressed-globose, 10-sulcate, style thickish, short. Drupe ellipsoid-oblongoid, apex mucronulate, 10-11(-14) x 6-8 mm, pale yellow to orange at maturity; the subtending fruit-calyx becoming thickish, but only slightly accrescent and including only the base of the drupe, greenish to dull red, 2-5(-7) mm diam., 1.5-2(-3) mm high; peduncle in fruit 1.5-4 mm long.


Amazonian Venezuela present, Guianas present present, Southern America: Peru (Peru present)
Amazonian Venezuela, the Guianas, Peru, and Brazil; locally common in the Guianas; over 200 spe- cimens studied (GU: 4; SU: 21; FG: 85).

Common Name

English (Guyana): makarasali, marakasali