Monographs Details: Licania chiriquensis Prance
Authority: Prance, Ghillean T. 1989. Chrysobalanaceae. Fl. Neotrop. Monogr. 9S: 1-267. (Published by NYBG Press)
Description:Description - Tree to 12 m tall, the young branches sparsely puberulous, soon becoming glabrous and conspicuously lenticellate. Leaf lamina oblong-elliptic, subcoriaceous, 5-8.5 × 2.8-3.8 cm, subcuneate at base, acuminate at apex, the acumen 5-6 mm long, glabrous, midrib prominulous above, prominent beneath; primary veins 8-11 pairs, prominulous above, prominent beneath; petioles 5-7 mm long, glabrous, terete, eglandular, with very distinct articulation at junction with branch. Stipules caducous (not seen). Inflorescences (not fully developed in specimen examined) of terminal and axillary panicles, the rachis and branches yellow-brown tomentellous. Bracts and bracteoles triangular, caducous, puberulous on exterior. Flowers 3-3.5 mm long. Receptacle broadly campanulate, tomentellous on exterior, hirsute within; pedicels ca. 0.5 mm long. Calyx lobes five, acute, tomentellous on exterior, puberulous within. Petals five, glabrous with ciliate margin. Stamens 13-15, inserted around a complete circle; filaments slightly exserted, free to base. Ovary inserted at base of receptacle, glabrous or sparsely hispid. Style sparsely hirsute. Fruit not seen.

Discussion:Licania chiriquiensis belongs to subgenus Moquilea section Moquilea and is most closely related to L. minutiflora, a species of the Guianas and Amazonia. It differs in the smaller, less branched inflorescence with much larger flowers, the smaller leaves with longer petioles, the almost glabrous ovary and in the more tapered, less caudate leaf apex.
Distribution:Panama Central America| Panamá Panama Central America|