Upper Guinean Forest
Tabernaemontana longiflora; Tabernaemontana chippii
Leeuwenberg, 1991: 9
Blyden 2012 (WAG); Bos 2607 (WAG)
Fairly common, medium-sized tree with conspicuous lenticels, the slash exuding white latex; leaves simple, opposite, leathery, with numerous but poorly visible black glandular dots on the lower surface. Midrib prominent beneath; 7 – 12 pairs of laterals, fairly straight but bending close to the margin. Flowers big and white, opening during day time; ripe fruits in globular pairs, yellowish, about 6 cm. Ø, with a distinct line over its surface. Species not easy to distinguish from T. crassa, that flowers at night. The base of the petioles are enlarged and kind of grab the twig, thus forming a ring arond the twig, still present when the leaves have fallen off. Syn.: Conopharyngia chippii; Tabernaemontana chippii; Tabernaemontana longiflora.