FWTA 2: 386
Baldwin 9403 (K); Voorhoeve 1224 (WAG)
A tree of secondary bush but also in high forest, semi-deciduous forest, gallery forests and savannas – there more like a shrub; in the forest occasionally to 30 m tall and 80 cm Ø but usually much smaller. Bole very fluted or with high buttresses, twisted; bark rough with vertical lines of reddish lenticels; slash creamy, turning grey-greenish on exposure, with a green outer layer and with thin streaks, very bitter. Leaflets with glands at the base, the secondary venation scalariform. Fruits spindle shaped, 15 – 20 cm long, about 3 cm thick, standing upright in the crown of the tree; opening with a long slit, containing numerous small, winged seeds of about 2 cm long. Natural regeneration often abundant in old farm land and along roads. The tree is conspicuous at the time of flowering with its large, bright red flowers. It is often used as an ornamental roadside tree.