A very variable species, shrub or tree to 25 m, very similar to A. meniaudi, often in secondary forest, coastal savannas, or as a weed tree in plantations, with very hard wood; young branches with fine, appressed hairs; alternating with the normal leaves are stipule-like small leafy organs along the twigs. Petiole woody, blade narrower than A. meniaudi, 7 – 15 x 3 – 7 cm, with one or two pairs of longitudinal basal nerves. Finer venation traversely scalariform. Bright yellow slash; bark grey, wood yellow. Carpels black with red stalks, in large bunches; the yellow, 5 x 3 cm large fruits are edible and traded (monkey apple). Reported from Sierra Leone to Ivory Coast.