Taruma is endemic to Panama and South America occurring in lowland tropical moist forest. In habitat it may reach a height of 65 feet or more, but in cultivation is much smaller, 15-20 feet. The trunk is straight and cylindrical with a corrugated base, low branching and 20-35 inches in diameter. The crown is rounded, somewhat flattened and dense; the bark is gray and moderately rough. Leaves are green, palmate with 5 leaflets, overall 2-4 inches long and 1.5 – 2.4 inches wide. Flowers are purple to lavender, borne at branch ends in groups of 8-20, each bloom cuplike and ½ inch in diameter. Bees are attracted to the flowers. Flowering occurs when the tree has dropped its leaves. Plum-shaped fruits occur in clusters, greenish color, 1 x ¾ inch, aromatic and with sweet edible pulp tightly bound to the seed. Seed propagated. Wood of good quality, moderately heavy, durable, suitable for plywood, furniture, etc. In cultivation, plant in moist soils; tree tolerates periodic inundation. Taruma is an excellent shade species with spectacular showy flowers. The tree is under threat in the wild because of habitat loss.