FWTA 1: 733
Blyden 970 (WAG); van Meer 324 (WAG)
A small tree of about 15 m tall (rarely to 30 m), of the dry forests and savannas North of Liberia, but possibly also in coastal savannas, present in younger secondary forest, sometimes planted in villages for the edible fruits. Bark with conspicuous pits, smooth and grey with vertical rows of lenticels which gives it a striped appearance. Slash pinkish to cream-coloured, soft fibrous and with yellow granular deposits. Leaves very tufted at the end of the twigs, imparipinnate with 3 – 6 pairs of ± asymmetric leaflets; leaves with brownish stellate hairs when young. Flowers yellow, produced when tree is deciduous. Small, ellipsoid drupes of 7 x 5 mm, black when ripe. The variety L. n. var. pubescens has less leaflets and when very young leaves covered with red-brown stellate hairs.