Upper Guinean Forest
FWTA 1: 656
Adam 26315 (P); Voorhoeve 664 (WAG)
Tree that can reach 27 m and (rarely) 100 cm Ø. Canopy tree of rocky hills; bole cylindrical; slash brittle-fibrous, gritty, dark orange brown with a foul smell. Often growing in an open place; according to Aubréville the tree causes all other trees around it to die. Leaves simple, alternate, pointed at the top, rounded/cordate and asymmetrical at base, with a petiole of about 7 – 15 mm. Margin entire, blade first pubescent beneath, later glabrous, with 3 – 5 pairs of strongly ascending laterals (± tri-nerved). Twigs with wooly yellow hairs when young, zigzagged, soon hollow. The bark has a medicinal use. See also PROTA database. Note: two new species may have been found in Liberia, one with the rather unique characteristic of slightly peltate leaves. More material needed.