Life form: medium-sized to large tree
Max. height: 33 m (herbarium)
Max. diameter: 95 cm (herbarium)
Leaf: opposite, paripinnately compound, 8-14
leaflets, elliptic, notophyll (2.5-5 x 6-15 cm), entire with glandular notches, short hairs on midrib and twigs, sometimes with remarkable leafy stipules
Inflorescence: axillary, branched
Flower: medium-sized; bracts pink; petals white to yellow
Fruit: dry dehiscent, in pairs, flat with 2-3 ridges (6.5 x 28 cm), velvety, 3-4 seeds Seed: very large
Other: the bark is flaky, the slash hard and pink.
Continent: Upper Guinea endemic
Upper Guinea: Sierra Leone, Liberia, Côte d'Ivoire,
Distribution type: continuous, widespread, present in 14 30' cells, distribution range is 1323 km, Red List species (Vulnerable)
Forest type: wet evergreen forest. It is gregarious in some parts of Sierra Leone (herbarium), but very rare in Ghana. There, it is occasionally found along rivers in the evergreen forest zone (Hawthorne 1995a).
FWTA, Savill & Fox (1967), Lock (1989), Hawthorne (1995a), IUCN Red List (2000), Hawthorne & Jongkind (2004)
It is mostly found where rainfall is higher than 2500 mm/yr (Chi2 test). Generally, along rivers and in moist sites of wet evergreen forests (Savill & Fox 1967). In Ghana, usually along rivers and swamps (herbarium, Hawthorne & Jongkind 2004).
Gilbertiodendron limba (Scott-Elliot) J.Léonard Leguminosae-Caes.
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