Guild: sb

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).

Data sources

FWTA, De Rouw (1991)

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