A glabrous shrub with coriaceous shiny leaves.
A climbing shrub of 15–20 feet, or a tree, unarmed, quite glabrous except the flowers, shining. Branches subterete or obtusely 4-sided, patent; the branchlets somewhat compressed. Leaves oval, mostly acuminate, nearly rounded or somewhat narrowed at the base, thinly coriaceous, 2–4 by 1–2 in., sometimes those at the base of the branchlets smaller; lateral veins about 4–5 pairs, prominent beneath; petiole spreading, 1/4– 1/3 in. long; stipules cuspidate-subulate from a broad subtruncate base, 1/8 in. long. Flowers 1/5 in. long, on pedicels of 1/6– 1/5 in. long, many together, umbellately arranged on a short common peduncle. Calyx-tube widely campanulate, glabrous; limb very small, 5-toothed, glabrous. Corolla-tube glabrous outside, hairy with deflexed hairs inside; throat bearded; lobes 5, ovate-lanceolate, acute, thinly pubescent inside. Filaments reflexed, exserted, anthers lanceolate. Disk glabrous. Stigma elongate-calyptriform.
Old Calabar Rev. W. C. Thomson!
N. Nig.: Anara F.R., Zaria Prov. (fr. May) Keay FHI 22989!
S. Nig.: Stubbs Creek F.R., Eket Dist. (fr. May) Onochie FHI 33174! Calabar Thomson 97! Oban Talbot 1543!
[Br.] Cam.: foot of Cam. Mt. (Feb.) Mann 1179! Mopanya, Cam. Mt. 4,000-5,000 ft. (July) Kalbreyer 182!
Ghana: Gradaw, Banda Hills (fl. & fr. Oct.) Rose Innes GC 31620! Damongo Scarp Harris!
Cameroon Mountains, alt. 500 feet, Mann!
in F.T.A. 3: 136 (1877).