FWTA 1: 701; Voorhoeve, 1979: 249
Jongkind 7228 (WAG); Voorhoeve 195 (WAG)
A tall tree most common in the moist semi-deciduous forest, rarely in the rainforest, to 50 m high and 180 cm Ø but usually around 80 cm Ø. Base variable, swollen with heavy root swellings, root spurs, low buttresses or occasionally well-developed buttresses, especially on steeper slopes. The bark of younger specimens has often a zigzag pattern of smooth grey strips, alternating with rough, lenticellate brown bark. Slash brittle-fibrous outside, pinkish light brown, soon turning darker on exposure; it has a strong cedar scent and straight ripple marks. Other trees with this cedar scent, Leplaea, Turraeanthus, Beilschmiedia, have no ripple marks. Younger trees with paler strips of dilatation tissue under the rough bark zones. Fruit capsule 6 – 10 cm long, purplish black, opening simultaneously from the top and the base with 5 valves. Pinnate leaves clustered; opposite leaflets slightly asymmetric at base. See also PROTA database.