FWTA 1: 700; Flore Mt Nimba 2: 820
Jansen 2075 (BR, MO, WAG); Versteegh 802 (WAG)
Once used to be the “King of the Forest” with some trees to 60 m high and 250 cm Ø. It was the commonest of the four Entandrophragma species, found both in the semi-deciduous forest and penetrating into the rainforest, but not as far as E. angolense. The base of the tree with well-developed buttresses that do not spread out like E. angolense. Bark grey, sometimes yellowish on the buttresses, longitudinally grooved, thick, with long, thin bark plates. Slash fibrous, red or pinkish on the outside, paler inside, not fragrant, with faint ripple marks. Leaves clustered at the end of the twigs, hence the resemblance of the tree with Canarium and Amphimas; leaflets sub-opposite, with tuft domatia in axil of laterals. Fruit a woody capsule, rounded at the top, opening from the top with 5 thick, woody valves; seeds winged. See also PROTA database.