FWTA 1: 699
Versteegh 772 & Versteegh 819 (WAG)
khaya (acajou blanc) (Liberian english/ local name/ trade name)
An emergent tree, to 45 m and 120 cm Ø, present in the drier NW/NE section of Liberia. Base of the tree with low or well-developed, straight or concave, fairly thick buttresses, sometimes extending into far-spreading plank-like surface roots. Bark smooth and grey, in older trees peeling off with small circular scales of about 2 cm Ø, leaving shallow walled, yellowish or light brown pits, giving the tree a characteristic pitted and patchy habit. Slash on the buttresses pink, on the stem bright red, brittle outside, fibrous inside, sometimes faintly scented and/or a bit bitter. The tree grows scattered, often not far from water. Leaves pinnate with opposite leaflets; apex rounded and slightly mucronate. Characteristic round fruits that, when open, stand like stars in the crown. Seeds winged. Tree sometimes resembling Entandrophragma angolense but the latter has a slash interspersed with vertical, white stripes of dilatation tissue. See also PROTA database.