Life form: small herbaceous root climber (hemi-epiphyte)
Max. height: 10 m length Leaf: alternate, simple, elliptic, notophyll (3-7 x 7-14 cm), entire, herbaceous, lower surface with dark strikes
Inflorescence: spike of flowers on a swollen fleshy axis (spadix) 3-4 cm long, flowers unisexual Flower: spadix pinkish green; top male; centre pale yellow and sterile; bottom pink female; spatha glossy waxy pale brown Fruit: fleshy, globose, orange to red Seed: medium-sized (approx. 0.5 cm in diameter) Other: it has tough green stems clasping the bole with pinkish furry roots.
Continent: Upper Guinea endemic
Upper Guinea: Sierra Leone (FWTA), Liberia, Côte d'Ivoire (herbarium)
Distribution type: Continuous distribution, widespread, present in 12 30' cells, distribution range is 871 km
Forest type: evergreen forests, riverine forest, secondary forests
Species occurrence increases significantly with rainfall (logistic regression). Most often found where rainfall is between 1500-2000 mm/yr (Chi2 test), near rivers and creeks (Chi2 test), and in the forest understorey (herbarium, De Rouw 1991).
FWTA, De Rouw (1991)
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