African Plant Database

Laccosperma acutiflorum (Becc.) J. Dransf.
Protologue : Kew Bull. 37(3): 456 (1982)
Information on the genus : Laccosperma
Basionym : Ancistrophyllum acutiflorum Becc.
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Ancistrophyllum acutiflorum Becc. (1910)
 Neoancistrophyllum acutiflorum (Becc.) Rauschert
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Stems 30-50 (-70) m long, circular in cross-section; leaves up to 3.5 m long; cirrus 1.2-1.8 m long; leaflets to 50 on each side of the rachis, linear-lanceolate, regularly inserted and more or less equal in size; inflorescences to 2 m long; flowers 1-1.2 cm long and 3 mm wide; fruits oblong-obovoid, 1.8-2 cm long and 1.3-1.5 cm in diameter, covered with brown scales when ripe.
Ecology : This is a light demanding species commonly found in open or disturbed areas. It grows commonly in seasonally-inundated and swamp forest although it can be also present in drier areas.
  Frequently confused with L. secundiflorum from which it can be easily distinguished by the presence of linear-lanceolate (vs. sigmoid) leaflets. The leaf polymorphism of this species in Ivory Coast was studied by Kouassi (2005).

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • Pl. Mt Cameroon : 179 (1998).
  • Woody Pl. W. Afr. Forest : 870 (2006).
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carte afrique num 33284
Record n°33284
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