Rubiaceae

Description

Guild: np

Life form: straggling shrub

Max. height: 3 m (herbarium)

Max. diameter: data unavailable

Leaf: opposite, simple, ovate to lanceolate, microphyll (1.5-3 x 4-8 cm), entire, herbaceous, hairy; almost sessile; interpetiolar stipules

Inflorescence: axillary, solitary

Flower: medium-sized (tube approx. 2.5 cm long);

corolla tube yellow, lobes orange and reflexed, shorter than tube

Fruit: fleshy, globose (0.5 cm in diameter), whitish,

2-lobed; 1-2 seeds

Other: occasionally with spines on the lower parts of the stems. The twigs are covered with dense curly hairs.

Distribution

Continent: Upper Guinea endemic Upper Guinea: Guinea (Hawthorne & Jongkind 2004), Sierra Leone, Liberia, Côte d'Ivoire (herbarium)

Distribution type: continuous, widespread, present in 20 30' cells, distribution range is 842 km

Forest type: montane forest, moist evergreen forest, coastal forest, swamp forest, secondary forest

Habitat

Species occurrence increases significantly at places where rainfall is higher than 1500 mm/yr (Chi2 test). It can be found in the understorey but also along forest edges, logging roads, and secondary forests. It is frequently found along rivers, flooded grounds, and riverbanks (herbarium). On clayish, sandy and lateritic soils.

Phenology

Data sources

FWTA, Hawthorne & Jongkind (2004)

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