African Plant Database

Entada gigas Fawc. & Rendle
Family : Mimosaceae
Notes : [comb. nov. of a illeg. name]
Information on the genus : Entada
Basionym : Mimosa gigas L.
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Mimosa gigas L.
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Entada planoseminata (De Wild.) G.C.C. Gilbert & Boutique
=Entada scandens subsp. planoseminata De Wild.
=Entada scandens subsp. umbonata De Wild.
=Entada umbonata (De Wild.) G.C.C. Gilbert & Boutique
=Entada scandens (L.) Benth. (1841)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Liane to 30 m tall; stem 10 cm Ø; rachis of leaves ending in a forked tendril; pods gigantic (0,4-1,2 m long x 7,5-12 cm wide), twisted into a single or double lax spiral, with the sides also often twisted.
Ecology : Fringing forest by rivers (locally common); forest edges; 500-1650 m alt.
  West Indies, Central America, Colombia. - Distribution derived from drifting seeds (vide C. R. Gunn & J. V. Dennis, World Guide to Tropical Drift Seeds and Fruits, 1999).
  Planted as a fetish tree near Gabonese villages.
  Similar to E. rheedii (seeds indistinguishable). Uncertain in Tanzania; collected once in Kenya.

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • DARBYSHIRE, I. KORDOFAMI, M. & AL. (2015). The plants of Sudan and South Sudan, An annoted checklist. Kew Publishing : 196
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