FWTA 1: 696
van Meer 229 (WAG); Voorhoeve 630 (WAG)
Tahyeh (grebo) monkey plum (Liberian english/ local name/ trade name) Sematueh (Sapo)
Locally abundant understory tree but occasionally an upper story tree to 30 m tall and 100 cm Ø. The base of the tree is swollen with low root swellings or root spurs to 60 cm, markedly transversely striate, coiled or wrinkled, sometimes extending in wide spreading surface roots. Stem usually a bit angular, the upper part twisted and low-branched. Bark thin, grey-greenish/blackish, scaly with irregular scales leaving yellowish marks after shedding, giving the tree a “patchy” habit. Slash brittle outside, somewhat fibrous inside, pink-red brown, strongly fragrant, a bit like turpentine, watery or slowly exuding a gummous liquid. Leaves impari-pinnate, usually with 3 pairs of opposite leaflets + one terminal one (sometimes missing); leaves of young trees with more leaflets and longer (- 60 cm). Petiole slightly flattened above, sometimes with faint lateral ridges near the base, often jointed at the top; petiolules jointed at the top. Fruit an ovoid berry ± 2 x 1.5 cm, slightly laterally flattened, orange when ripe with a fleshy, fragrant, edible pulp (‘monkey plum’), containing one thin-walled nut with one side deeply grooved from base to top. See also PROTA database.