The reddish-brown trunk is patterned with regularly-placed vertical cracks. Leaves are large, dark green, 8-40 cm long and 4-15 cm broad, elongated and oval in shape with a prominent midrib and many secondary veins, margin toothed at the end of each side vein, petioles with swollen bases. Large white flowers are borne solitary, contain a whitish ornamental center and a ring of many yellow stamens. Fruits are yellowish-green, spherical and large.
Along rivers and water tributaries in lowland forests - below 1000 m.