FWTA 1: 61
Bos 2570 (BR, K, WAG); van Dillewijn 62 (WAG)
Diehn (Gio) Djurutue (Krahn) Ilomba (Liberian english/ local name/ trade name) Teelia (Sapo)
A fairly fast growing, light demanding species of younger and old secondary forests, with a characteristic crown of whorled branches, the twigs drooping, with drooping distichous leaves. Very old specimens can reach a height of 35 m and 120 cm Ø. Bark light brown, somewhat flaky; slash medium thick, granular, pale red – reddish brown, exuding a reddish or grayish sap turning red. Sapwood white, soft. The simple, alternate, distichous, drooping leaves are narrowly oblong, 10 – 30 x 3 – 8 cm, cordate at base, with 20 – 35 pairs of laterals, nearly always riddled with holes. Young leaves with a brown indumentum of branched hairs. The elliptic fruits, 2 – 4 cm long, open with 2 thick vales, exposing a single seed with a red, laciniate aril; seed ruminate. See also PROTA database.