Leguminosae Caes

Guild: sb

Life form: large tree

Max. diameter: 180 cm (Voorhoeve 1965)

Leaf: alternate, paripinnately compound, 14-26

leaflets, elliptic, microphyll (0.5-4.5 x 1.5-12 cm), entire, fairly coriaceous, young leaves densely pilose, later glabrescent

Inflorescence: terminal or axillary, branched

Flower: small; greenish yellow

Fruit: dry dehiscent (6 x 20 cm), purplish brown, thick woody

Seed: flattened disc, large (2 x 2 x 0.4 cm) Other: the tree has low, heavy root swellings when young and may have thick buttresses later on. It has drooping twigs and leaves.

Distribution

Continent: Upper Guinea endemic

Upper Guinea: Sierra Leone, Liberia, Côte d'Ivoire

Distribution

Continent: Upper Guinea endemic

Upper Guinea: Sierra Leone, Liberia, Côte d'Ivoire

Distribution type: continuous, widespread, present in 13 30' cells. The tree may be very common locally (Voorhoeve 1965). The genus Brachystegia is most widely represented in the woodland savanna, with only two high forest species in West Africa (Voorhoeve 1965). Forest type: rainforest

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