Life form: shrub or pigmy tree
Max. height: 5 m (herbarium)
Max. diameter: data unavailable
Leaf: opposite, simple, oblong, mesophyll (6-11 x
14-27 cm), entire, herbaceous
Inflorescence: axillary, solitary
Flower: medium-sized; calyx brown velvet; corolla white, dish-shaped, dioecious
Fruit: fleshy (berry) (2.5 x 4.2 cm), orange with orange hairs; few seeds surrounded by pulp
Seed: strongly angular, very large (0.7 x 3 cm), brown
Other: branching in whorls, with densely pubescent twigs.
Continent: Upper Guinea endemic
Upper Guinea: Sierra Leone, Liberia, Côte d'Ivoire,
Distribution type: continuous, widespread, present in 25 30' cells, distribution range is 1076 km Forest type: wet evergreen forest, moist evergreen forest, coastal forest, secondary forest. In Ghana, most abundant in wet evergreen forests (Hall & Swaine 1981).
Species occurrence increases significantly with rainfall to reach an optimum around 2500 mm/yr (logistic regression analysis). The species occurs mainly at lower altitudes (logistic regression analysis). It is frequently found in the understorey of dense mature forests, but it occurs in secondary forests as well. On clayish or lateritic soils.
It regenerates in the shade (Hall & Swaine 1981).
Dispersal: probably by animals
FWTA, White (1978), Hall à Swaine (1981), Hawthorne à Jongkind (2004)
Diospyros cooperi (Hutch. & Dalziel) F.White
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