Annonaceae

Deciduousness: evergreen

Timing: flowering period from November to April

(De Koning 1983); fruiting period all year (De Koning

1983)

Smaller trees are relatively shaded, while taller trees are exposed (Hawthorne 1995a). The species occurs in a wide rainfall range, but has its optimum between 1500-2500 mm/yr (Chi2 test). It prefers infertile soils (Swaine 1996)

Description

Description

Guild: sb

Life form: medium-sized tree

Max. height: 30 m (herbarium)

Max. diameter: 30 cm (herbarium)

Leaf: alternate, simple, elliptic to ovate, microphyll

(2-3.5 x 5-10 cm), entire, coriaceous, pubescent below

Inflorescence: solitary or in small groups Flower: large (petals approx. 2.5 cm long); light yellow; funnel-shaped

Fruit: fleshy (1.9 x 1.1 x 0.7), green outside and pink-red inside

Seed: large, greenish grey

Other: the bark is whitish and aromatic with lenticels. It has pubescent twigs and aerial roots of up to 30 cm high.

Continent: Nigeria, Cameroon Upper Guinea: Sierra Leone, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana Distribution type: continuous, widespread, present in 14 30' cells, distribution range is 1904 km Forest type: rainforest, gallery forest, and old secondary forest (herbarium). In Ghana, it is most abundant in wet and moist evergreen forests, and it is also found in moist semi-deciduous forests. Occasionally in dry semi-deciduous forests and in upland forests (Hall & Swaine 1981).

Smaller trees are relatively shaded, while taller trees are exposed (Hawthorne 1995a). The species occurs in a wide rainfall range, but has its optimum between 1500-2500 mm/yr (Chi2 test). It prefers infertile soils (Swaine 1996)

Regeneration

It regenerates in shade (Hall & Swaine 1981). Regeneration has been found to be obviously depleted in burnt forest (Hawthorne 1994).

Phenology

Deciduousness: evergreen

Timing: flowering period from November to April

(De Koning 1983); fruiting period all year (De Koning

1983)

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