Rubiaceae

Regeneration

It has a phanerocotylar epigeal reserve seedling type (cf. De Koning 1983)

Phenology

Description

Distribution

Description

Guild: sb

Life form: woody climber, climbing with hooked side-branches

Max. height: 25 m long (De Koning 1983) Max. diameter: data unavailable Leaf: opposite, simple, elliptic, microphyll (2.5-4 x 4-10 cm), entire, coriaceous, glabrous; interpetiolar stipules

Inflorescence: axillary, solitary Flower: large; calyx dark green; corolla white, tube-shaped, with the lobes having about the equal length as the tube, stamens exerted; fragrant Fruit: fleshy (drupe), globose (0.8 cm in diameter), black; 2 seeds

Seed: hemispherical, medium-sized (0.6 x 0.4 x 0.2 cm), white

Other: sometimes in the form of a shrub when young. It climbs by means of horizontal or recurved lateral branches. The bark is papery, and peels off characteristically.

Distribution

Continent: Upper Guinea endemic (Robbrecht 1981a)

Upper Guinea: Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana (herbarium, Robbrecht 1981a) Distribution type: continuous, widespread, in Upper Guinea present in 22 30' cells. Rare in Ghana (Hall & Swaine 1981).

Forest type: wet evergreen forest, moist evergreen forest, dry semi-deciduous forest, secondary forest, thickets

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