A shrub or small tree,
growing to a height of 5 meters. The bark is ashy gray, mottled, and
smooth. Leaves are alternate, smooth, elliptically oblong, about 15
cm long and 6 cm wide at the largest, with pointed tip and a blunt or
rounded base. Flowers are yellowish, about 1.5 cm long, borne in fairly
small, rounded clusters. Fruit is pendant and orange-red, containing
a single seed and two locules across which splits on opening, slightly
obovoid or broadly ellipsoid and about 1.5 cm long. Seeds are ovoidly
compressed, about 7.5 mm long.
In primary forests at
low and medium altitudes.
Bark, wood, fruit
• Bark and roots
used for stopping the flow of blood from wounds.
• Bark, wood and fruit used as substitute for quinine.