This is a large to very large tree sometimes reaching 60 metres in height. It likes riverine forest conditions.
Flowers: (September to December)
White and sweetly-scented
An ovoid, woody capsule. The seeds are winged.
This was a very important timber in Malawi, Zambia and Mozambique. In Mozambique, the stems were used to make dugout canoes.
The bark is bitter, resembling quinine. In rural areas, Africans drink an infusion of this to relieve colds.