Climber, shrub or treelet, up to ca. 6 m tall, with solitary or paired, up to 1.5 cm long, curved spines. Branchlets 1-4 mm thick, puberulous to pubescent or subglabrous. Stipules 0.2-0.5 cm long, puberulous to subglabrous, caducous; petiole 0.5-1.5 cm long; blade chartaceous, narrowly ovate to ovate to narrowly elliptic to elliptic, 3-14 x 2-6.5 cm, apex acute to acuminate, base obtuse to subcordate, margin serrate to crenate-dentate, both surfaces smooth to scabridulous, puberulous to hispidulous to pubescent or subglabrous; secondary veins 2-4 pairs. Inflorescences in the leaf axils or just below the leaves. Staminate flowers sessile; tepals 5, 1-1.5 mm long. Pistillate flowers short-pedicellate; tepals 5, ca. 1.5 mm long; stigmas 5-8 mm long. Fruit ellipsoid to ovoid, (when dry) ca. 10-15 mm long, at maturity orange to red.
French Guiana present, Guianas present, Guyana present, Kabalebo region present, Kanuku Mts present, Northern America, Southern America, Surinam present, southern Brazil present
West Indies and Mexico to southern Brazil; not com- mon in the Guianas: Guyana (Kanuku Mts.), Surinam (Kabalebo region) and French Guiana (Montagne du Mahury).