Med.LUW 81-16: 16
Bos 2664 (BR, K, WAG); Jongkind 5555 (WAG)
Medium-sized middle story trees of older secondary forests; the stem is dark grey, nearly black, straight, with low root spurs. The slash is dark brown/blackish, exuding a white latex. Latex sticking to the fingers when rubbed between fingers. Leaves simple, opposite, acuminate at top, cuneate at base, ± decurrent along very short petiole; 6 – 12 pairs of looping laterals. Domatia not always distinct; sometimes tufts of hairs in the axil of laterals. Finer venation scalariform. Flowers white, in axial clusters. Funtumia africana has long, spindly fruits, Funtumia elastica stout, propellor-shaped fruits. The seeds have a long, thin extension with numerous long, white hairs that help dispersion by wind. Without flowers or fruits the species are difficult to separate. F. africana is found throughout Liberia, F. elastica grows in the drier regions. Syn.: Funtumia latifolia.