Anisophyllea laurina

Anisophyllea laurina


Anisophylleaceae


Habit

Tree


Fern

No


Predominant Habitat


Geographic Distribution


IUCN Red-List


Synonyms


Author (Species)

R. Br. ex Sabine


Rank


Taxon


Author (Sub Species/Variant)


Literature


Vouchers


Common Name(s)


Notes

A very variable species, shrub or tree to 25 m, very similar to A. meniaudi, often in secondary forest, coastal savannas, or as a weed tree in plantations, with very hard wood; young branches with fine, appressed hairs; alternating with the normal leaves are stipule-like small leafy organs along the twigs. Petiole woody, blade narrower than A. meniaudi, 7 – 15 x 3 – 7 cm, with one or two pairs of longitudinal basal nerves. Finer venation traversely scalariform. Bright yellow slash; bark grey, wood yellow. Carpels black with red stalks, in large bunches; the yellow, 5 x 3 cm large fruits are edible and traded (monkey apple). Reported from Sierra Leone to Ivory Coast.

Anisophyllea meniaudii

Anisophyllea meniaudii


Anisophylleaceae


Habit

Tree


Fern

No


Predominant Habitat

Forest


Geographic Distribution

Liberia


IUCN Red-List

Not assessed


Synonyms

-


Author (Species)

Aubréville & Pellegrin


Rank

-


Taxon

-


Author (Sub Species/Variant)

-


Literature

Flore Afr.Centr.: 6; Voorhoeve, 1979: 306


Vouchers

Baldwin 10852 (K, WAG); van Dillewijn 70 (WAG)


Common Name(s)

Sohgalih (Gio); Khan (Sapo)


Notes

A rare, medium sized tree with characteristic leaves, the 3 or 5 parallel basal nerves reaching close to the tip; finer venation not scalariform between the midrib and the first longitudinal nerve, but distinctly so between the longitudinal nerve and the margin; the related species A. laurina has a much denser scalariform venation. Very hard, orange-striated sapwood. Slash orange-brown, brittle crunchy. Twigs with long hairs and with reduced leaves between the normal leaves. Fruits ± 2 cm across, oran ge when ripe (A. laurina has longer, edible, yellow fruits).