Bellucia pentamera Naudin, Ann. Sci. Nat., Bot. sÚr. 3, 16: 105 (1851)

Latin for 'with five parts', referring to the flowers.

Synonyms
Axinanthera macrophylla H. Karst.
Bellucia aricuaizensium Pittier
Bellucia axinanthera Triana
Bellucia costaricensis Cogn.
Bellucia weberbaueri Cogn.

Description
Small tree. Leaves cross-wise opposite, tri-veined, with ladder-like tertiary venation. Flowers in small bundles, white, with five corolla lobes.

Ecology
In disturbed and open sites in undisturbed habitats. Often found along roads and rivers and alluvial sites, but also on hillsides and ridges. On sandy soils, but also on limestone.

Uses
Rasped stem used to dye gourds. Fresh fruits used medicinal (antihelmintic) against worms.

Distribution
Original Neotropical (South and Central America), but now cultivated and invasive in tropical Asia.

Local names
Coronillo.