Manilkara obovata

Manilkara obovata


Sapotaceae


Habit

Tree


Fern

No


Predominant Habitat

Forest


Geographic Distribution

Liberia


IUCN Red-List

Not assessed


Synonyms

Manilkara lacera, sylvestris, Mimusops multinervis


Author (Species)

(Sabine & G.Don) Hemsley


Rank

-


Taxon

-


Author (Sub Species/Variant)

-


Literature

FWTA 2: 20


Vouchers

Adames 426 (K, WAG); de Wilde 3803 (WAG)


Common Name(s)

Not Known


Notes

A very variable species: small and very branchy trees in the gallery forests, big trees or small gnarled trees of river sides, and tall trees of the rain forest. This diversity gave rise to many different names (synonyms) but it is all one species. In the high forest it can be a tree of 40 m tall and up to 90 cm Ø. Young trees with root swellings or low buttresses, developing into narrow buttresses. Bark of younger trees with deep slits, becoming deeply grooved on older trees, thin-scaly or bark decaying on the stem, pale or dark brown. Slash thick and fibrous, pinkish red towards the outside, pale pink on the inside, exuding a sticky white latex. Older specimens may look somewhat like Tieghemella heckelii, which lacks the distinct buttresses. Leaves simple, alternate, ± clustered, very characteristic with many straight, parallel nerves. Fruit 1.5 – 2.5 x 1 – 1.5 cm big, orange berries, containing 2 – 3 seeds. Syn.: Manilkara lacera, sylvestris, multinervis, welwitschii; Mimusops multinervis, obovata.

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