Guild: pi

Life form: shrub or small tree

Max height: 8 m (herbarium)

Max diameter: data unavailable

Leaf: alternate, compound, 3 leaflets, obovate to rhomboid, microphyll (1.5-3 x 2.5-7 cm), entire, herbaceous, glabrous

Inflorescence: axillary, branched

Flower: small, yellowish to red, 4-merous

Fruit: fleshy, ellipsoid to globose (1 cm long), pericarp falling off

Seed: black with red aril

Other: a scrambling spiny shrub. The bark is silvery red, peeling off in papery scales.


Continent: Upper Guinea endemic Upper Guinea: Ghana

Distribution type: continuous, local, present in 3 30' cells, distribution range is 163 km Forest type: coastal forest, savanna, thicket


It is found on inselbergs, and in coastal vegetation (herbarium).

Data sources

FWTA, Hall & Swaine (1981), Mabberley (1987)

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