Life form: medium-sized tree
Max. height: 30 m (herbarium)
Max. diameter: 50 cm (herbarium)
Leaf: opposite, paripinnately compound, 6-10
leaflets, shiny above, mat or glaucous below, often with many glands along the lamina; leaflets have twisted petiolules
Inflorescence: unbranched (spike) stout, partly draped by 0.4 cm long, reflexed bracts after the flower has fallen
Flower: calyx green; corolla red
Fruit: dry dehiscent (5 x 7 cm), woody
Seed: very large, hard, black with red waxy arils
Other: it has buttresses.
Continent: Upper Guinea endemic
Upper Guinea: Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Côte d'Ivoire
Distribution type: continuous, widespread, present in 18 30' cells, distribution range is 1031 km Forest type: wet evergreen forest, savanna, gallery forest, coastal shrubland, secondary forest
Species occurrence increases significantly when rainfall is higher than 2000 mm/yr to reach an optimum around 3100 mm/yr (logistic regression analysis, Chi2 test). It can be found in a wide range of habitats. It occurs in mature forest, but also in secondary forest, coastal thickets, and roadsides. Mostly at the coast but also occasionally in mountains. Often near water (along river borders and in swampy areas). It seems to be mostly a riverine or sea-side tree (Hawthorne & Jongkind 2004). Usually on rocky or gravelly soils (herbarium).
Dispersal: probably by animals
Hawthorne & Jongkind (2004)
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