Pl. Ecol. Evol. 145: 219
Cooper 415 (K); Voorhoeve 1160 (WAG)
bosse (Liberian english/ local name/ trade name) Tuplu (Sapo)
A large forest tree to 40 m high and 100 cm Ø, found both in the rainforest and semi-deciduous forest. Base of the tree with thin, concave, spreading buttresses. Bark pale yellowish to yellowish brown, fairly smooth, on younger trees with 1 cm deep longitudinal pits in the bark, on older trees with large, irregular scales leaving concentric or parallel ridges, “mussel-shell” pattern. Lenticels present in vertical rows. Slash fibrous, fairly thick, pinkish light brown, moist, with a characteristic strong, sweet cedar smell. No ripple marks. Fruit a sub-globose capsule, about 2.5 – 4 cm Ø, 3 – 4 lobed, slightly flattened or impressed at the tip, densely pubescent, yellowish when ripe, opening with thick, coriaceous valves; seeds 2 – 4, completely enclosed by a bright red aril. Leaves alternate, impari-pinnate, the rachis broadened below the pinnae. The winged petiole edge of the top leaf enclosing the terminal bud. Very young leaves reddish with pale green laterals. In a recent revision of the South American genus Guarea it was made credible that the African species of Guarea actually belong to an African genus, Leplaea. Therefore Guarea cedrata is now a synonym of Leplaea cedrata. See also PROTA database.