Rubiaceae

Description

Guild: pi

Life form: small winding climber

Max. height: 5 m long (herbarium)

Max. diameter: data unavailable

Leaf: opposite, simple, elliptic to oblong, notophyll

(3-4.5 x 6-11.5 cm), entire, leaves covered with stiff apressed hairs on both sides, reflexed interpetiolar stipules

Inflorescence: axillary, branched (cyme, 2-6 cm long)

Flower: medium-sized; star-like; corolla tube red, lobes white; hairy on the throat

Fruit: fleshy, silvery-greyish outside with reddish pulp, some with pale hairs, slightly bitter tasting;

many seeds

Seed: data unavailable

Distribution

Continent: Upper Guinea endemic Upper Guinea: Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana Distribution type: continuous, widespread, present in 39 30' cells, distribution range is 1776 km Forest type: montane rainforest, wet evergreen forest, moist evergreen forest, swamp forest, secondary forest, thickets

Habitat

Species occurrence increases significantly with rainfall, reaching an optimum around 2700 mm/yr (logistic regression analysis, Chi2 test). It is frequently reported in disturbed places (e.g. roadsides, logged forests, and farm bushes) and in very wet conditions (e.g. near rivers, and swampy areas). Soils can be sandy, clayish, loamy, or lateritic (herbarium).

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