Scytopetalaceae

Mangenot

Description

Guild: np

Life form: small tree Max. height: 10 m (herbarium) Max. diameter: 20 cm (herbarium) Leaf: alternate, simple, lanceolate to ovate, mesophyll (6-8 x 13-20 cm), entire, coriaceous, glabrous; 5 pairs of lateral nerves Inflorescence: cauliflorous, solitary flowers in clusters together

Flower: small, corolla pink, 3-4 lobes Fruit: fleshy (drupe), partially dehiscent, subglobose (1.8 cm in diameter), 4-5 valves, orange-red outside, white sweet pulp inside, persistent green calyx; 1 seed

Distribution

Continent: Upper Guinea endemic Upper Guinea: Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana Distribution type: continuous, regional, present in 10 30' cells, distribution range is 562 km Forest type: rainforest, evergreen forest, deciduous forest, swamp forest, secondary forest

Habitat

Found in wet areas (e.g. around lagoons, near rivers, and especially in swamps) (herbarium, Hawthorne & Jongkind 2004).

Phenology

Dispersal: by animals (chimpanzees)

Data sources

FWTA, Mangenot (1957), Letouzey (1961), Hawthorne & Jongkind (2004)

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