FWTA 1: 511
Baldwin 10975 (K, WAG); de Wilde 3848 (WAG)
Directly near the coast a shrub or small tree, more inland growing into a tall tree, usually along rivers, to 30 m tall and 80 cm Ø. Base with low, thick root spurs or twisted buttresses, often spreading into far-reaching gnarled surface roots. Bole short, angular, fluted. Bark fairly smooth, thin scaly with longitudinal, grey-brown scales. Slash fibrous, a bit brittle, yellow-orange turning orange brown, very bitter to the taste, with fine and straight ripple marks. Leaves simple; the petiole 1.5 – 4 cm with two minute, triangular stipules (?) close under the blade. Blade 5 – 18 x 3.5 – 9 cm, with entire but undulate margin; 5 – 9 pairs of laterals, prominent beneath. Flowers purple. Fruit a thick-coriaceous pod of 7 – 8 cm long and 5 c wide with a slightly broadened back, containing one seed enveloped in an aril. See also PROTA database.