Monographs Details: Hirtella brachystachya Spruce ex Hook.f.
Authority: Prance, Ghillean T. 1972. Chrysobalanaceae. Fl. Neotrop. Monogr. 9: 1-410. (Published by NYBG Press)
Description:Description - Tree to 6.0 m tall or shrub, the young branches glabrescent. Leaves oblong to oblong-elliptic, coriaceous, 6.0-10.5 cm long, 2.3-3.5 cm broad, acuminate at apex, with acumen 10.0-15.0 mm long, rounded to subcordate at base, glabrous beneath, with palisade glands frequent towards base; primary veins 7-10 pairs, prominulous on both surfaces; midrib prominent and glabrous on both surfaces; petioles 1.0-2.0 mm long, terete, eglandular, glabrous. Stipules ca 1.0 mm long, subulate, caducous. Inflorescences terminal and axillary racemes 1.5-5.0 cm long, the rachis glabrous. Bracts and bracteoles 0.5-1.5 mm long, ovate, glabrescent, caducous, with translucent glandular excretions on margins. Flowers 4.0-6.0 mm long. Receptacle campanulate, glabrous on exterior, glabrous within except at throat; flowering pedicels 13.0-25.0 mm long, slender, glabrous. Calyx lobes acute, conspicuously reflexed, glabrous on exterior, gray-pubescent within. Petals 5, white, glabrous. Stamens 6, unilateral, the filaments far exceeding calyx lobes, glabrous. Style pilose up to half its length. Ovary inserted at mouth of receptacle, pilose. Fruit ellipsoid; epicarp smooth, glabrous; mesocarp thin, fleshy; endocarp thin, hard, bony, hirsute within.


This species is close to H. gracilipes; see note under that species.

Flowering April to September.

Distribution:Colombia South America| Vaup├ęs Colombia South America| Venezuela South America| Amazonas Venezuela South America| Peru South America| Brazil South America| Amazonas Brazil South America|