Med.LHW 68-2: 108
Jongkind 6516 (WAG); de Wilde 3642 (BR, K, WAG)
Medium tree, common along rivers and in secondary forests, but also as understory tree in the high forest, to 15 m high and 30 (-50) cm Ø. Base not or only slightly buttressed; stem often low branching. Bark thin, about 5mm, smooth; slash pale brownish or ink, rapidly turning ochre to pale-brown, with a cedar smell, sometimes exuding some creamy-white latex from near the cambium. Leaves impari-pinnate with (sub-)opposite leaflets. Leaflets papery, along channelled rachis.Fruit a usually 3-chambered capsule of 1.5 – 2.5 cm Ø, reddish, pinkish grey or purplish, opening with 3 valves; seeds 2 black in each chamber, for 2/3 covered by a scarlet or orange-red aril. This is probably the most common Trichilia species, formerly known as T. heudelotii. See also PROTA database. Syn.: Trichilia heudelotii.