FWTA 1: 467
Jongkind 9189 (WAG)
An inconspicuous tree owing to the lack of characteristic features, but fairly common, to 40 m high and 100 cm Ø, predominantly in the wetter parts of the high forest, found on higher grounds, slopes, and plateaus, scattered or in small groups, never gregarious. Base quite variable, with low, spreading, heavy buttresses, narrow butt flares, or thin, high reaching buttresses up to 5 m. The stem is often forked at a fairly low level into steeply ascending secondary, often angular stems. Smaller branches and twigs drooping, with the leaves massed in groups. Bark of young trees fairly smooth and finely fissured; older trees with a rough, pitted bark, withering on the tree. Slash medium thick, compact, brittle – fibrous, pale or dull brown or orange-brown, contoured; smelling slightly like fresh fish, sometimes slowly exuding a clear, sweet sap. Wavy ripple marks sometimes present. Leaves pinnate with with 6 – 8 alternate leaflets with twisted petiolules;stipules intrapetiolar, with 2 slips; petiole swollen at base. Fruit a fairly flat pod up to 25 cm long and 8 cm wide, transversely striate, with 1 or 2 seeds. Wood very hard. See also PROTA database under Crudia gabonensis. Note: it has been suggested that Crudia liberica in Liberia is a species, differing from C. gabonensis in having a minutely pubescent upper leaf surface. Much more material needs to be collected to confirm that C. liberica is an endemic, and that C. gabonensis occurs from Ivory Coast to Congo.