Rinorea aylmeri Chipp

Violaceae

Guild: u

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.

Phenology

Timing: flowering period in April

Data sources

Hawthorne & Jongkind (2004)

Distribution

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

Habitat

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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