Guild: np

Life form: large woody climber

Max. height: 30 m long (herbarium)

Max. diameter: 10 cm (herbarium)

Leaf: alternate, imparipinnately compound, 5-9

leaflets, ovate, mesophyll (4-7 x 7.5-19 cm), entire, coriaceous, glabrous; no stipules

Inflorescence: axillary, branched (approx. 8 cm long)

Flower: medium-sized; corolla yellow

Fruit: dry dehiscent (follicle), 1-5 fruits per flower

(2 x 1 cm), yellowish, velvety, after opening the seed remains attached by the top of the aril; 1 seed

Seed: medium-sized (1 x 0.7 cm), outer layer fleshy and red, aril bright yellow

Other: mainly climbing with leaves that have been modified to form strong woody hooks.

Continent: Gabon

Upper Guinea: Liberia, Côte d'Ivoire

Distribution type: continental disjunct, in Upper

Guinea present in 9 30' cells

Forest type: wet evergreen forest, rainforest, coastal forest, secondary forest, gallery forest, savanna


It regenerates in disturbed (savanna, forest edge, secondary forest, roadsides) as well as in undisturbed habitats. It is often found by rivers on sandy soils (herbarium).


Dispersal: probably by animals

Data sources

FWTA, Jongkind (1989), Hawthorne & Jongkind (2004)

Mapania baldwinii Nelmes

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