Celastraceae

Description

Guild: sb

Life form: medium-sized irregularly winding woody climber

Max. diameter: data unavailable

Leaf: opposite, simple, elliptic, mesophyll (6 x 15

cm), entire, coriaceous, glabrous

Inflorescence: axillary

Flower: small; whitish, dish-shaped

Fruit: fleshy, triangular (7.5 x 4 cm), orange; 4-8

seeds in a slimy, whitish, sweet edible pulp

Distribution

Continent: Upper Guinea endemic

Upper Guinea: Sierra Leone, Liberia, Côte d'Ivoire,

Ghana

Distribution type: continuous, widespread, present in 18 30' cells, distribution range is 1255 km Forest type: upland evergreen forest, wet evergreen forest, moist evergreen forest, secondary forest. In Ghana, mostly found in wet evergreen forest (Hall & Swaine 1981). In Liberia, often found in dry secondary vegetation and bushes (herbarium).

Species occurrence increases very significantly with rainfall (logistic regression analysis), and is highest at a rainfall over 2500 mm/yr. It can be found in both relatively undisturbed forests and secondary vegetation (herbarium).

Regeneration

It regenerates in shade (Hall & Swaine 1981).

Phenology

Dispersal: probably by animals

Uses

The fruits are edible (herbarium).

Data sources

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