FWTA 1: 696
Bos 2221 (BR, K, WAG); Versteegh 755 (WAG)
A small understory tree of the coastal forest zone but also in the hinterland, to 20 m high and 20 (-30) cm Ø, with many laterally flattened stilt roots, a straight, slender bole, and a deep, finely branched crown. Not to be confused with Xylopia staudtii which has a similar base but different leaves and fruits. Bark normally quite smooth and grey; slash thin and hard, gritty-granular and mottled yellow-white, with a strong turpentine smell. Leaves impari-pinnate, with the base of the petiole markedly swollen; leaflets opposite. Fruits purplish black when ripe, ellipsoid but excentric, flattened, with the remains of the style on one side, 2 – 2.5 cm x about 1.5 cm, with a turpentine smell.