Guild: sb

Life form: shrub or small tree Max. height: 10 m (herbarium) Max. diameter: 25 cm (herbarium) Leaf: opposite, simple, elliptic to oblanceolate, mesophyll (4.5-9 x 12-23 cm), dentate, coriaceous, glabrous or slightly hairy on the midrib above, hairy on the whole surface or on the nerves beneath; petiole hairy (0.4-1.6 cm long); with interpetiolar stipules

Inflorescence: axillary, branched (10 cm long) Flower: small (0.6-1 cm in diameter); white with brown hairs

Fruit: dry dehiscent (explosive capsule), globose (1.4 cm in diameter), dull yellow to green, densely covered in short hairs

Seed: medium-sized (1 x 0.8 x 0.5 cm), reddish brown

Other: the bole is black, the bark red-stained. It has hairy twigs and young branchlets with conspicuous white lenticels.


Continent: Guineo-Congolian wide: from Côte d'Ivoire to Democratic Republic of Congo and Tanzania (Hall & Swaine 1981). Central African Republic, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Sao Tomé and Principe, Gabon, Congo (Brazzaville), Democratic Republic of Congo (herbarium) Upper Guinea: Liberia, Côte d'Ivoire (herbarium) Distribution type: continental disjunct, in Upper Guinea present in 4 30' cells Forest type: moist evergreen forest, moist semi-deciduous forest, dry semi-deciduous forest, gallery forest, swamp forest, secondary forest. In Ghana, most abundant in Southern Marginal forests (Hall & Swaine 1981).

Found in deep shade. It occurs frequently along riversides and in swamps (herbarium).


It regenerates in shade, and sometimes occurs gregarious in the understorey of dry forests (Hall & Swaine 1981).


Dispersal: explosive

Dispersal: explosive

Data sources

FWTA, Hall & Swaine (1981)

Leptoderris miegei Aké Assi & Mangenot

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