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Big tree, up to 20 meters.

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Maesopsis - Photo (c) Eric Leeuwerck, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
eleeuw's ID: Genus Maesopsis, a member of Buckthorns (Family Rhamnaceae)
Posted by eleeuw 6 months ago (Flag)
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Maesopsis eminii - Photo (c) Kenfack, David, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
eleeuw's ID: Maesopsis eminii, a member of Buckthorns (Family Rhamnaceae)
Posted by eleeuw 6 months ago (Flag)
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@carrieseltzer (about bat's poo) I found this one that looks like to be a Maesopsis sp... What do you think ?

Posted by eleeuw 9 days ago (Flag)
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Oh wow! That's definitely possible. The leaves look right. The bark on this tree is much more deeply furrowed than I've seen. It's a monotypic genus though, so it's probably M. eminii. Any chance you can revisit and check for fruit? That would help me for sure. de-flesh the fruits down to the seeds if you can. They have a distinctive seed. Bats clean the fruit off quite thoroughly and drop the naked yellow seeds in their feeding roosts. Seeds that look purple were either not eaten and the fruit rotted away and stained it purple, or they were eaten by a hornbill (or possibly larger mammal, but hornbill is probably more likely). Hornbills appear to love them.

Posted by carrieseltzer 9 days ago (Flag)
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Here's a good example of a bat-cleaned seed right in the middle: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/2602963

Posted by carrieseltzer 9 days ago (Flag)
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Thanks for the feedback. I've been to the Maesopsis this morning but no fruits or flowers for the moment... Nothing on the ground either.

Posted by eleeuw 8 days ago (Flag)
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Maesopsis - Photo (c) Eric Leeuwerck, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
eleeuw's ID: Genus Maesopsis, a member of Buckthorns (Family Rhamnaceae)
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