Other Names: grande betty, chac pom, palo de carbon
Grandy Betty is easily recognizable when in fruit. The
fruits are a small green berry which dries and opens producing a small
brown, flower-shaped shell around bright orange and black seeds. These
seeds and brown capsules can be seen scattered on the forest floor
near the end of the dry season.
The wood of this tree is occasionally used to make rafters and charcoal.
It is also has been used for the marimba, a musical instrument used
in the area.
The leaves are said to be good in herbal baths for strains and
swellings, and the bark is used in a tea for stomach ailments.