Life form: shrub or small tree Max. height: 5 m Max. diameter: data unavailable Leaf: alternate, simple, elliptic, mesophyll (4-7 x 1220 cm), serrate, coriaceous, glabrous; petiole up to 5 cm long
Inflorescence: terminal or axillary; unbranched (3-6 cm long)
Flower: small; corolla white
Fruit: dry dehiscent, triangular to globose (2 cm in diameter), dark brown, sparsely puberulous to glabrous
Seed: data unavailable
Other: the young stems are very dark brown. When slightly older (i.e. in the region where mature leaves are borne) the dark coloured epidermis abscises and is replaced by a whitish or very pale green to fawn coloured bark.
Timing: flowering period in April
Hawthorne & Jongkind (2004)
Continent: Upper Guinea endemic
Upper Guinea: Guinea-Bissau, Sierra Leone,
Liberia, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana
Distribution type: continuous, widespread, present in 23 30' cells, distribution range is 1670 km
Forest type: wet evergreen forest
Species occurrence increases significantly with rainfall to reach an optimum around 2800 mm/yr (logistic regression analysis, Chi2 test). It is found usually near water by streams and riverbanks. Very often under forest shade but occasionally also in open places (herbarium).
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