FWTA 1: 702; Voorhoeve, 1979: 272
Jansen 2080 (BR, MO, WAG); Versteegh 804 (WAG)
Kglo-glu (Gio) lovoa (dibetou) (Liberian english/ local name/ trade name) Koutue (Krahn) Blitueh (Sapo)
A tall tree most common in the moist semi-deciduous forest, rarely in the rainforest, to 50 m high and 180 cm Ø but usually around 80 cm Ø. Base variable, swollen with heavy root swellings, root spurs, low buttresses or occasionally well-developed buttresses, especially on steeper slopes. The bark of younger specimens has often a zigzag pattern of smooth grey strips, alternating with rough, lenticellate brown bark. Slash brittle-fibrous outside, pinkish light brown, soon turning darker on exposure; it has a strong cedar scent and straight ripple marks. Other trees with this cedar scent, Leplaea (= Guarea), Turraeanthus, Beilschmiedia, have no ripple marks. Younger trees with paler strips of dilatation tissue under the rough bark zones. Leaves pari-pinnate, clustered; leaflets opposite with many pairs of laterals; petiole narrowly winged, flattened above; rachis narrowly winged. Fruit capsule 6 – 10 cm long, purplish black, opening from simultaneously from the top and the base with 5 valves. See also PROTA database.