Guild: sb

Life form: medium-sized tree

Max. height: 25 m (herbarium)

Max. diameter: data unavailable

Leaf: alternate, simple, elliptic, notophyll (2.5-4.5 x

6-15 cm), entire, coriaceous, veins underneath brownish, pubescent

Inflorescence: axillary, on long stalks

Flower: large (petals up to 7 cm long); calyx and corolla green to yellowish

Fruit: fleshy, ellipsoid, pubescent, brown; 1 seed

Other: The twigs are pubescent.


Continent: Upper Guinea endemic

Upper Guinea: Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana

Distribution type: continuous, widespread, present in 25 30' cells, distribution range is 1267 km, Red List species (Vulnerable)

Forest type: rainforest, swamp forest (herbarium), evergreen forest (Hawthorne & Jongkind 2004)


Species occurrence increases significantly with rainfall to reach an optimum around 2700 mm/ yr (logistic regression analysis and Chi2 test). Generally found in the rainforest understorey, but sometimes also at forest borders. Usually close to rivers (Chi2 test) and moist places (e.g. humid forests with many brooks, along rivers and even swampy forests) (herbarium).

FWTA, Irvine (1961), IUCN Red List (2000), Hawthorne & Jongkind (2004)

Data sources

FWTA, Irvine (1961), IUCN Red List (2000), Hawthorne & Jongkind (2004)

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