Guild: sb

Life form: shrub or small tree

Max height: 9 m (herbarium)

Max diameter: data unavailable

Leaf: alternate, simple, oblong to elliptic, notophyll

Inflorescence: axillary, not branched

Flower: small to medium-sized; funnel-shaped;

creamy white

Fruit: fleshy (drupe), irregularly globose (0.75 x 1.8 cm), red, velvety; 1 seed Seed: large (1.5 x 0.6 x 0.6 cm), grooved Other: the slash exudes an orange exudate.


Continent: Upper Guinea endemic

Upper Guinea: Sierra Leone, Liberia, Cote d'lvoire,


Distribution type: continuous, widespread, present in 39 30' cells, distribution range is 1055 km Forest type: evergreen (wet, moist, upland), moist semi-deciduous forest (herbarium, Hall & Swaine 1981). In Ghana, most often found in wet and upland evergreen forests (Hall & Swaine 1981).


Species occurrence increases with rainfall to reach a very wide optimum range between 1500-3500 mm/yr (logistic regression analysis, Chi2 test). Most often in lowlands (logistic regression analysis, Chi2 test), although, in Ghana, it is very frequently recorded in upland forests (Hall & Swaine 1981). It can be found in a wide variety of evergreen and semi-deciduous forests. Usually under shade, and very often along creeks or rivers. Soils can be sandy, loamy, clayish, or lateritic (herbarium). In Ghana, plot records are very significantly associated

with acidic, base-poor soils (Hall & Swaine 1981). In Côte d'lvoire, it is typical for coastal wet evergreen forests (Kasparek 2000).


It regenerates in shade (Hall & Swaine 1981).


Dispersal: probably by birds (De Koning 1983) Timing: flowering period from March to April; fruiting period from November to August (De Koning 1983)

Data sources

Michaud (1966), Hall & Swaine (1981), De Koning (1983), Kasparek (2000), Hawthorne & Jongkind (2004)

Puelia olyriformis (Fianch.) Clayton Gramineae


Guild: sb

Life form: erect herb

Max. height: 1.8 m (herbarium)

Max. diameter: data unavailable

Leaf: simple, linear, microphyll (2-7 x 15-35 cm), entire, herbaceous, smooth, glossy dark green

Inflorescence: terminal and drooping, branched

(panicle, up to 15 cm long)

Flower: pale green

Fruit: data unavailable

Seed: data unavailable

Other: the stem is slightly purplish. The leaves are only found on the top of the plant.


Continent: Cameroon (Van der Zon 1992), Gabon (herbarium), Tanzania (Van der Zon 1992) Upper Guinea: Senegal, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia (herbarium)

Distribution type: continental disjunct, in Upper

Guinea present in 4 30' cells

Forest type: rainforest, secondary forest


It is often found in deep shade in mature forest. It can be found along riverbanks or in hills and mountains (herbarium).


Data sources

FWTA, Van der Zon (1992)

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