Fl. Brit. W. I., 281. 1860. 1860
Trees, to 10 m. Branches dense; terminal bud not covered by imbricate bracts. Leaf blade narrowly elliptic, 7-12 × 2-4 cm, base and apex acute; surfaces glabrous; domatia absent. Inflorescences to 8 cm, nearly glabrous or sparsely pilose. Flowers: tepals white, rotate; ovary superior, glabrous. Drupe ± ellipsoid, to 18 mm, seated in shallow, bowl-shaped cupule to 7 mm diam.
Phenology: Flowering late winter–spring (Mar–Jun).
Habitat: In woods
Elevation: 0-100 m
Fla., Mexico (Yucatan), West Indies, Central America (Caribbean coasts of Belize, Guatemala, and Honduras).