Coula edulis

Coula edulis


Olacaceae


Habit

Tree


Fern

No


Predominant Habitat

Forest


Geographic Distribution

Liberia


IUCN Red-List

Not assessed


Synonyms

-


Author (Species)

Baillon


Rank

-


Taxon

-


Author (Sub Species/Variant)

-


Literature

FWTA 1: 645


Vouchers

Bos 1915 (BR, K, WAG); de Wilde 3647 (BR, K, WAG)


Common Name(s)

Not Known


Notes

Medium sized tree to 25 m and 75 cm Ø, with low root spurs or butt flares up to 1.5 m. Bole low-branched, rarely longer than 6 m, often quite angular. Buds, very young leaves and petiole rusty puberulous with stellate hairs. Leaves simple, alternate, with 6 – 13 pairs of laterals and a fine, scalariform venation. Tree found throughout the forest without specific preferences; it has a gregarious tendency, locally forming a substantial part of the middle story. Fruit a somewhat ovoid drupe of about 4 cm Ø; seeds edible, a valuable trading article on local markets. Chimpansees love the nuts and places were found where they had been cracking the nuts, using a rock as hammer.

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