Leguminosae Pap

Guild: np

Life form: medium-sized woody climber Max. height: 8 m (herbarium) Max. diameter: 4 cm (herbarium) Leaf: imparipinnately compound, 7-9 opposite leaflets, obovate to oblong, notophyll (2-5 x 4-11 cm), herbaceous, brownish hairs on the midribs, soft, dense yellow-orange spreading hairs falling with age to leave short whitish hairs below the leaf Inflorescence: terminal, branched (panicle, up to 35 cm long)

Flower: calyx brown, hairy; corolla white with deep pink slashes

Fruit: dry dehiscent, flat (2.5 x 7 cm), deep brown, woody, densely covered by stiff hairs Seed: disk-shaped, large (1.2 x 0.9 x 0.1 cm) Other: the slash exudes a brownish gum. The stem of medium-sized lianas develops two lobes.

Distribution

Continent: Upper Guinea endemic

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

Distribution type: continuous, widespread, present in 38 30' cells, distribution range is 1418 km Forest type: wet evergreen forest, moist evergreen forest, dry semi-deciduous forest, secondary forest. In Ghana, it occurs predominantly in drier forest types (Hall & Swaine 1981).

Habitat

We did not find any significant correlation between the species occurrence and the environmental variables tested. It is found in a wide variety of forest types. Often found under the forest canopy but also in disturbed forest understorey, at forest edges, and occasionally along roads. Sometimes near streams (herbarium).

Regeneration

It regenerates in shade (Hall & Swaine 1981).

Phenology

Dispersal: explosively dehiscent

Regeneration

It regenerates in shade (Hall & Swaine 1981).

Dispersal: explosively dehiscent

Data sources

FWTA, Hall & Swaine (1981), Lock (1989), Hawthorne & Jongkind (2004)

spp

n

Open (n) || Altitude

River

Coast

Mean Annual Rainfall

Soil CMK

Soil WHC

P.h.

65

>500m

<2km

<5km

D

M

W

VW

L

M

H

L

M

H

17 (29) 5

35

6

38

32

13

19

2

55

43

38

6

51

All

46333

37 HI 4

39

7

37

29

24

10

6

69

25

36

13

39

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