Distribution

Continent: from Sierra Leone to Benin Upper Guinea: Sierra Leone, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana Distribution type: continuous, widespread, present in 27 30' cells, distribution range is 1628 km Forest type: it occurs in a

wide variety of forest types. In Ghana, it is found only in South Marginal and dry semi-deciduous forests (Hall & Swaine 1981). In Côte d'Ivoire, it has been recorded in rainforest, gallery forest, savanna (forest and cultivated), and secondary forests (herbarium).

Species occurrence increases in lowlands (logistic regression analysis), where rainfall is less than 1500 mm/yr (Chi2 test). More abundant in dry forest types but it can also be found in rainforests. It can be in the understorey of mature forests as well as in disturbed places such as degraded forests, thickets, and secondary vegetation. Fairly common in secondary forests (Hawthorne & Jongkind 2004). Sometimes found in moist habitats (e.g. near the coast, near lagoons, rivers, or in gallery forests) (herbarium). On clayish soils, and in Ghana, particularly common on soils with pH > 6.2 or higher (Hall & Swaine 1981).

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