Upper Guinean Forest
FWTA 1: 457
Voorhoeve 648 (WAG); Voorhoeve 1173 (WAG)
Yorbiensaglu (Gio) etimoe (Liberian english/ local name/ trade name)
A tall tree of the drier high forest, shade tolerant with a small crown untill it reaches the upper canopy; it then develops into a large tree to 40 m high and 100 cm Ø. Young trees with a swollen base or low, narrow root ridges that gradually develop into thick narrow, transversely striate buttresses up to 1.80 m high. Foliage light green. Bark irregularly scaly, with thin bark scales. Slash hard, compact, reddish – light brown or pink-brown, with a characteristic smell like scented tobacco. A clear, brown, sticky, fragrant gum exuding from the slash wound (copal). Seedlings often abundant near mother tree. The pinnate leaves with 3 – 8 juga have (sub)opposite leaflets, sometimes alternate leaflets;.leaflets characteristically truncate/emarginate, with many fine laterals and a strong marginal nerve. See also PROTA database.