Diospyros liberiensis

A.Chev. ex Hutch. & Dalziel

Ebenaceae

Guild: pi

Life form: small tree

Max. height: 5 m (herbarium)

Max. diameter: 5 cm (Hawthorne & Jongkind

2004)

Leaf: alternate, simple, elliptic to ovate, mesophyll (3-11 x 7-22 cm), entire, herbaceous, pubescent beneath, large glandular spots Inflorescence: axillary, unbranched Flower: small unisexual flowers; male flower with 4 lobes; female flower unknown Fruit: fleshy (berry) (3.3 x 4 cm), velvet, yellow to orange or black; containing two parallel seeds in colourless pulp

Seed: long, very large (2.6 x 1.8 x 0.9 cm), brownish black

Distribution

Continent: Upper Guinea endemic Upper Guinea: Liberia, Côte d'Ivoire Distribution type: continuous, local, present in 4 30' cells, distribution range is 293 km Forest type: rainforest, secondary forest

Habitat

It is typically found in disturbed habitats (e.g. along roadsides, in secondary forests, and under plantations) (herbarium). The species is mostly confined to the coastal zone.

Phenology

Dispersal: probably by animals

Dispersal: probably by animals

FWTA, White (1978), Hawthorne & Jongkind (2004)

FWTA, White (1978), Hawthorne & Jongkind (2004)

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