Apocynaceae

Distribution type: continuous, widespread, present in 82 30' cells, distribution range is 1803 km Forest type: wet evergreen forest, moist semi-deciduous forest, dry semi-deciduous forest

Habitat

Species occurrence increases with rainfall to reach a very wide optimal region between 2000-3000 mm/yr (logistic regression analysis, Chi2 test). It can be found in the forest understorey but also in disturbed areas and forest edges (herbarium).

Phenology

Description

Timing: flowering and fruiting occurs mainly in the dry season (Leeuwenberg 1991)

Guild: sb

Life form: small tree

Max. height: 8 m (herbarium)

Max. diameter: 5 cm (herbarium)

Leaf: opposite, simple, mesophyll (> 15 cm long), coriaceous, glabrous

Inflorescence: data unavailable

Flower: large; calyx light green; corolla tube yellowish outside, inside yellow at apex, corolla lobes white; fragrant

Fruit: fleshy (berry), dehiscent, double (approx. 10

cm in diameter), yellow to orange

Seed: medium-sized to large

Other: the slash exudes a white latex. The flowers are open during daytime and closed at night.

Distribution

Continent: Upper Guinea endemic

Upper Guinea: Senegal, Guinea Bissau, Guinea,

Sierra Leone, Liberia, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana

Data sources

Hall & Swaine (1981), Leeuwenberg (1987, 1991), Hawthorne (1995a), Hawthorne & Jongkind (2004)

Phenology

Description

Timing: flowering and fruiting occurs mainly in the dry season (Leeuwenberg 1991)

Hall & Swaine (1981), Leeuwenberg (1987, 1991), Hawthorne (1995a), Hawthorne & Jongkind (2004)

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