Turraeanthus africanus

Turraeanthus africanus


Meliaceae


Habit

Tree


Fern

No


Predominant Habitat

Forest


Geographic Distribution

Liberia


IUCN Red-List

Vulnerable


Synonyms

-


Author (Species)

(Welwitsch ex C.DC.) Pellegrin


Rank

-


Taxon

-


Author (Sub Species/Variant)

-


Literature

FWTA 1: 707


Vouchers

Voorhoeve 1169 (WAG); Voorhoeve 1174 (WAG)


Common Name(s)

Blimahpuh (Bassa) avodire (Liberian english/ local name/ trade name)


Notes

A good-sized tree to 35 m and 100 cm Ø but usually smaller, scattered but sometimes in groups, in rain forest and semi-deciduous forest. Base of the tree with thick, low root spurs or small buttresses, on older specimens extending into wide spreading surface roots and large ridges along the stem. Bark fairly smooth, vertically and shallowly grooved, sometimes with vertical rows of lenticels, more scaly on older trees. Leaves pinnate with (sub-)alternate leaflets. very long and clustered at the end of the twigs, somewhat like Trichoscypha species and Pierreodendron. However, the strong cedar smell of the slash is characteristic. Fruit a sub-globose capsule, 2 – 5 lobed, impressed at the top, orange when ripe, containing 2 – 5 seeds enclosed in a yellow aril.

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