Compositae

Brenan

Guild: pi

Life form: small tree

Max. height: 10 m (Moutsambouté 1990) Max. diameter: 30 cm (Moutsambouté 1990) Leaf: alternate, simple, elliptic, megaphyll (25-35 x 80-100 cm), dentate, glaucous, almost white on the lower surface; long petioles Inflorescence: disc-shaped (80 x 40 cm, 10-30 flowers crowded together in a head) Flower: small; corolla violet

Fruit: dry indehiscent, with long hairs on top Seed: small (0.2 x 0.05 cm) Other: a scarcely branched small tree with white-brown hairy stems and petioles, and soft wood. Distinguishable from the similar V. conferta by gland-like processes on the petioles.

Continent: Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Democratic Republic of Congo (herbarium) Upper Guinea: Guinea Bissau (Moutsambouté 1990), Liberia, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana (herbarium) Distribution type: continental disjunct, in Upper Guinea present in 4 30' cells Forest type: sub-montane forest, rainforest, secondary forest (Hawthorne & Jongkind 2004, herbarium)

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