Stems solitary 0.5-4.5 m tall and 0.5-3 cm diameter, errect or sometimes sprawling and then rooting at the nodes. Leaves 3-10, pinnate; leaflets to 2-8 per side, sigmoid, to 11-40 cm long and 2-15 cm wide. Inflorescences erect to horizontal; males and females similar, with 2-45 flowering branches; fruits globose to ellipsoid, to 0.5-1.5 cm long and 0.4-0.5 cm diameter, always passing from green to orange or red and finally black.
Widespread and variable.
Native to, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Venezuela
Lowland to montane forest, at 40-2700 m elevation.