Tieghemella heckelii

Tieghemella heckelii


Sapotaceae


Habit

Tree


Fern

No


Predominant Habitat

Forest


Geographic Distribution

Liberia


IUCN Red-List

Endangered


Synonyms

Dumoria heckelii, Mimusops heckelii


Author (Species)

Pierre ex A.Chevalier


Rank

-


Taxon

-


Author (Sub Species/Variant)

-


Literature

FWTA 2: 21


Vouchers

Versteegh 818 (WAG); de Wilde 3689 (WAG)


Common Name(s)

Not Known


Notes

An emergent tree of the rainforest, to 50 m tall and 200 cm Ø. The base of the tree has very heavy, spreading root swellings, narrow buttresses or butt flares. The base is often swollen, perhaps because elephants like to rub their skin against the rough bark. Bark very dark, deeply grooved. Slash fairly thick, fibrous but brittle, red but more pink close to the cambium, exuding a sticky white latex. Leaves simple, alternate, clustered, with numerous laterals, indistinct or slightly raised beneath. Fruit a large, smooth berry, yellow when ripe, 8 – 10 x 5 – 8 cm, containing 1 – 3 seeds in a yellowish pulp; seeds partly smooth, partly knobbly. The fruits are eaten by elephants who thus distribute the seeds. See also PROTA database. Syn.: Dumoria heckelii/Mimusops heckelii.

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