FWTA 1: 449
Leeuwenberg 4681 (BR, P, WAG); Versteegh 811 (WAG)
Koajah (Sapo) movingui (Liberian english/ local name/ trade name) wehyeebayelen (Mano)
A tree fairly rare in the high forest but not uncommon in the secondary forest, to 35 m high and 120 cm Ø but usually much smaller, more common in the drier part of the country. Base with low, heavy, spreading buttresses, sometimes with higher butt flares. Lower bole with yellowish bark with roundish scars of shedding scales; upper bark with a very characteristic red or reddish brown colour, especially on the upper part of the stem and on branches where exposed to the sun. Outer bark defoliating in very small, paper thin flakes overlaying a smooth green lenticellate inner layer. The fine flakes make the stem very smooth, hence the local name “monkey can’t climb”. Slash thin and brittle, pale yellowish or pinkish, interspersed with white near the cambium, sticky. Fine ripple marks visible in bark and wood. Leaves pinnate, with 9 – 11 alternate leaflets, tomentose beneath.Fruits thin and papery, 7 – 13 cm x 2.5 – 3.5 cm, containing 2 – 3 seeds. See also PROTA database.