The whitish grey trunk gives rise to a widespread crown. Leaves are crowded at the ends of branches, dark green and shiny above, ovate to oblong in shape with a rounded base and a tapering end, 8-17.5 cm long and 5-11 cm wide. Flowers are scented, greenish with crimson hairs, crimson inside, and borne in drooping inflorescences. The ovoid, hard, leathery fruits are usually arranged horizontally in a bunch of 4-5 on pendulous stalks. The fruits turn orange when they ripen and split open into two halves releasing black seeds.
From coastal area to lowland forests of wet and intermediate zones - up to 1000 m.
Native. Ornamental tree that provides excessive shade. Opened mature fruits were used as oil lamps during traditional celebrations in ancient times. The lace-like inner bark was used to weave hats.