Data sources

Moutsambouté (1990), Hawthorne (1995a), Hawthorne & Jongkind (2004)

Whitfieldia colorata C.B.Clarke ex Stapf

Acanthaceae

Phenology

Guild: np

Life form: shrub, sometimes scrambling Max. height: 2 m (herbarium) Max. diameter: data unavailable Leaf: opposite, simple, lanceolate, mesophyll (4.5-11 x 12-27 cm), entire, coriaceous, glabrous Inflorescence: axillary or terminal, not branched Flower: medium-sized (3 cm); calyx rusty orange, corolla tube pink to dark red outside, lobes green to yellow inside

Fruit: dry dehiscent (2 cm long), very pale orangered

Seed: medium-sized (0.6 x 0.5 x 0.2 cm) Other: it has dark green stems, with some purple above the nodes. It has prominent purple midribs.

Distribution

Continent: Upper Guinea endemic Upper Guinea: Sierra Leone, Liberia, Côte d'Ivoire Distribution type: continuous, widespread, present in 21 30' cells, distribution range is 862 km Forest type: wet evergreen forest, semi-deciduous forest, savanna, secondary forest

Data sources

FWTA

Habitat

Species occurrence increases significantly with rainfall (logistic regression analysis). It is most often found at places where rainfall is higher than 2500 mm/yr (Chi2 test). Usually found near rivers (Chi2 test) in dense evergreen forests. Reported also along roads, small forest patches among farms, and secondary forests. On sandy clay soils (herbarium).

12°

10°

spp

■1"

Open (n)

Altitude

River

Coast

Mean Annual Rainfall

Soil CMK

Soil WHC

>500m

<2km

<5km

D

Il M

W

II VW

II L II

Il H

L M H

W.c.

40

41 (17)

0

60

15

3

20

10

62

3 ||s0

1S

60 3 23

All

1146333

37

4

39

7

37

29

24

10

6 69

25

36 13 39

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