Guild: np

Life form: large woody climber

Max height: 25 m long (herbarium)

Max diameter: data unavailable

Leaf: alternate, simple, elliptic, mesophyll (4-6 x

10-17 cm), margin upturned, entire to dentate towards the apex, coriaceous, glabrous; petiole approx. 1 mm long

Inflorescence: axillary, branched (panicle, 6-8 cm long)

Flower: small; corolla yellow; fragrant Fruit: dry dehiscent, 2-valved, ellipsoid (1.8 x 3 cm), orange; 1 seed

Seed: large (1.2 x 1.6 cm), brown with a red aril Other: a climber that probably starts as a straggling shrub. The slash is pale brown, soon turning reddish, it exudes a red latex. The bark has lenticels.


Continent: Upper Guinea endemic

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


Distribution type: continuous, widespread, present in 18 30' cells, distribution range is 1017 km Forest type: wet evergreen forest, rainforest, secondary forest, coastal shrubland.


Species occurrence increases significantly in lowlands (logistic regression analysis) and in places with rainfall higher than 2000 mm/yr (logistic regression analysis, Chi2 test). Usually, found close to rivers and streams (Chi2 test, De Koning 1983). Generally, growing on forest trees in shady and wet places (De Koning 1983). On sandy, sandy-clayish, or alluvial soils (herbarium).

Data sources

FWTA, De Koning (1983)

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