Acanthaceae

Description

Phenology

Guild: np

Life form: shrub or small tree

Max. height: 8 m (herbarium)

Max. diameter: 20 cm (herbarium)

Leaf: opposite, simple, elliptic, macrophyll (6-14 x

18-36 cm), entire to crenate; petiole up to 4 cm, pubescent

Inflorescence: terminal, branched (large erect panicles)

Flower: medium-sized; white or pale yellow to reddish or violet; bracts pubescent Fruit: dry dehiscent, brown-black Seed: medium-sized (0.5 x 0.4 cm) Other: the bark outside is green with globular lenticels. The sapwood is yellow-white.

Distribution

Continent: Nigeria, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Democratic Republic of Congo Upper Guinea: Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana Distribution type: continuous, widespread, present in 4 30' cells, distribution range is 3644 km Forest type: montane forest, wet evergreen forest (FWTA), semi-deciduous forest, secondary forest (herbarium)

Data sources

FWTA, Hawthorne & Jongkind (2004)

Habitat

Often found In secondary forest along roadsides and plantations (herbarium). Sometimes gregarious on dry rocky hills (Hawthorne & Jongkind 2004). Occasionally found in moist places of the forest (e.g. by waterfalls).

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