Country of Origin: Ivory Coast, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria
Habitat: Stream banks in dry forest and in fringing forest in the savanna zone
Description: Shrub 2 m high to 15 m high tree. Leaves alternate;
petiole 3-6 mm long; lamina 7-15 × 3-7 cm,
obovate to elliptic, glabrous, with 4-7 pairs of main
laterals; base rounded to acute; apex acuminate.
Inflorescences cauliflorous but also between the leaves.
Flowers sessile or almost so. Calyx with 5 valvate lobes.
Corolla to 5 cm in diam., basal half completely dark red
spreading out in star-pattern. Free outer corona rays
10 mm long, often with red tip; inner corona 15 mm
long, red at base and apex, pale yellowish in between.
Fruit up to 6 cm wide and 5 cm high, yellow or orange,
with colourless, edible pulp.1
USDA Zone: 10-12
This accession has been observed in bloom on:
Accession # 199800130
Source: Tim Devine - CSU Chico
Provenance: Received as Napoleonaea vogelii from CSU Chico. Correspondence with Chad Husby at Fairchild BG in May 2015 revealed this is actually N. beninensis.