Tree, usually 4-8 (12) m tall, usually branched from near base and often widely spreading; trunk and larger branches with the persistent bases of the inflorescences; young branchlets and petioles pubescent. Leaves alternate; stipules subulate, deciduous; petioles variable in length, with 2 pulvini; blades +/- oblong, acuminate, rounded or obtuse at base, 15-50 cm long, 4-15 cm wide, sparsely stellate-tomentose above and below when young or on veins above, the lower surface a lighter green than the upper; palmate veins at base 3-5. Cymes minute, borne on small tubercles on branches below leaves and on trunk; peduncles and pedicels pubescent; flowers 5-parted, appearing fasciculate; sepals +/- lanceolate, 5-8 mm long in flower, acuminate, variously colored; petals white, 3-4 mm long, hooded, the hood enclosing apex of stamens, with 3 maroon veins inside, the lateral veins stronger, the blade of the petal +/- obovate, usually obliquely mucronate, the claw S-shaped; fertile filaments 5, alternating with staminodia, reflexed, to 2 mm long; anthers 2 per filament (thus the thecae 4); styles appearing single (actually 5 coherent), surpassing fertile filaments but not staminodia; staminodia 5, erect, narrow and acute, ca 0.5 mm long, +/- maroon. Fruits usually oblong-ellipsoid, 10-25 cm long, yellow to brown at maturity; exocarp thick, fleshy, 10-ribbed, densely stellate-pubescent; seeds 20-40 in a sweet pulp, roundish in cross section, 2-4 cm long and 1.2-2 cm wide, brown. Croat 8131, 12311. Infrequent, in the forest. Some flowers have been seen in February and September. Time of fruit maturity is not known.