Dracaenaceae

Description

Deciduousness: evergreen

Dispersal: probably by animals

Timing: it appears not to have a fixed flowering period

Description

Guild: np

Life form: small tree

Max. height: 7 m (herbarium, Bos 1984)

Max. diameter: not over 3 cm

Leaf: alternate, simple, obovate, macrophyll (6-9 x

40-110 cm), entire, coriaceous, smooth, slightly glossy, widened sheathing base

Inflorescence: terminal, branched (erect scabrid panicle), with many flowers crowded together, green to purple

Flower: medium-sized; white

Fruit: fleshy, subglobose (2 cm in diameter), orange

Seed: flat, bi-lobed, large (1.2 x 1.0 x 0.5 cm), pale brown

Other: the plant is unbranched and single stemmed. It has stout stems with a terminal tuft of leaves. After flowering, growth is continued by an axillary bud.

Distribution

Continent: Upper Guinea endemic

Upper Guinea: Côte d'Ivoire (herbarium, Bos 1984)

Distribution type: continuous, local, present in 7

30' cells, distribution range is 257 km

Forest type: degraded forest, secondary forest, riverine forest, swamp forest

Habitat

It seems to be confined to the high water marks of swamps and on riverbanks (Bos 1984).

Deciduousness: evergreen

Dispersal: probably by animals

Timing: it appears not to have a fixed flowering period

Data sources

Bos (1984)

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