Coffea liberica W.Bull ex Hiern
Hiern, W.P. (1876) Transactions Linnean Society 2 i: 171. Type: Sierra Leone, cultivated on Mr Effenhausens farm, Daniell s.n. Lectotype: BM, fide Bridson (1985).
Liberian Coffee; Coffee, Liberian
Attains the dimensions of a tree but also flowers and fruits as a shrub.
Cotyledons orbicular to +/- reniform, about 30-50 mm diam., stipules present. First pair of leaves obovate to oblanceolate, midrib raised on the upper surface. At the tenth leaf stage: leaf blade narrowly elliptic to oblanceolate, apex acute, base attenuate. Stipules broadly triangular, about 3 mm long. Foveoles usually visible, the orifice quite small. Terminal bud somewhat resinous. Seed germination time 85 to 87 days.
An introduced species originally from west Africa, now naturalised in NEQ. Altitudinal range not known but collected near sea level. Grows in disturbed areas and roadsides of lowland rain forest in the Daintree-Cape Tribulation area.
This species can develop into a sizeable tree and is used for the production of commercial coffee.