Ovary (2) 3-locular; style usually 6–8 mm. long, columnar, densely setulose-puberulous almost to the apex; style-head capitate with a crateriform apical (?) stigmatic region.
Pistillode with vestigial ovules.
Disk glabrous, thin, with 10 deltate teeth alternating with the filaments.
Medium-sized handsome evergreen tree 8–20 (25) m. tall, with a wide umbrageous crown when growing in the open; bark dark grey or dark brown, rough or smooth, foliage very dark green, glossy.
Flowers pale green, pale yellow-green or pale yellow, fragrant, borne in congested cymes in leaf-axils or towards the base of the current-year’s shoot.
Capsule 1·8 × 1·8–2·5 × 2·5 cm., obovoid-globose, with a long stipe (0·4) 0·6–1 cm. long, slightly sulcate, surface transversely wrinkled, fulvous-tomentellous, opening by (2) 3-valves; seed black, almost completely concealed by the scarlet aril.
Leaves imparipinnate; petiole and rhachis up to 28 cm. long, tomentellous or densely puberulous; leaflets up to 15.5 × 5 cm., usually smaller, opposite or alternate, (3) 4–5-jugate, elliptic or oblong-elliptic, rarely narrowly elliptic or lanceolate-elliptic, not or scarcely broadest near the apex, apex nearly always rounded or emarginate, very rarely acute, apiculate or subacuminate, base rounded or cuneate, upper surface drying olive-green or pale brown, lateral nerves in (10–12) 13–16 (19) pairs, lower surface densely puberulous with short curly hairs, especially on the nerves; petiolules up to 5 mm. long.
Calyx usually 3–5·5 mm. long, tomentellous, lobed almost to the base, lobes subcircular, imbricate.
Filaments usually 7–10 mm. long, united for about 1/2 of their length, sparsely puberulous outside, densely villous in the upper half inside. Appendages deltate, nearly 3/4 as long as anthers; anthers 2 mm. long, slightly apiculate, antherodes a little smaller, not producing pollen.
Petals 7 (10) –15·5 (16) mm. long, linear, tomentellous on both surfaces.
Staminal tube usually 0.8–1.1 cm. long.
Capsule (unopened but mature) 1.8–2.5 cm. in diameter, usually crowded at the ends of the branchlets.
Leaves up to 28 cm. long; leaflets usually 9–11, elliptic or oblong-elliptic, up to 15 × 5 cm., nearly always broadest near the middle and with the apex of lateral leaflets rounded, emarginate or broadly acute without a hollow curve; lateral nerves usually in 11–18 closely set pairs; lower surface sparsely to densely puberulous with short, weak curly or flexuous hairs, usually drying olive-green or pale yellow-brown.
Evergreen or semi-evergreen tree, usually 8–20(–25) m. tall; crown very dense, widespreading in open; foliage very dark green; bark dark grey or dark brown, rough or smooth.
Calyx 0.35–0.5 cm. long, tomentellous, lobed almost to the base; lobes suborbicular, imbricate.
Inflorescence usually condensed and many-flowered.
Evergreen tree, up to 18 m high. Leaflets 9-11, up to 150 x 50 mm. Capsule sharply differentiated, with a 5-10 mm-long stipe. Flowers light green.
Evergreen or semi-evergreen tree up to 18 m tall, but in southern Africa usually smaller; crown very dense, widespreading in open. Leaves up to 280 mm long. Leaflets 9-11, up to 150 x 50 mm; apex of lateral leaflets rounded, emarginate or broadly acute, without a hollow curve; lower surface sparsely to densely puberulous or tomentellous with short weak curly or flexuose hairs, usually drying olive-green or pale yellow-brown; lateral nerves usually in 11-18 closely set pairs. Inflorescence usually condensed and many-flowered. Petals usually 9-14 mm long. Staminal tube usually 8-11 mm long. Fruit (ripe but unopened) 18-25 mm in diameter, usually crowded at the ends of the branchlets.
Forest, woodland, wooded grassland, scrub forest.
In southern Africa it mostly occurs in drier areas than T. dregeana; usually in riparian forest but also locally in woodland and wooded grassland on and in scrub forest in rocky places. In Natal it occurs in coastal forest from Mtunzini northwards, whereas T. dregeana occupies that habitat further south.
Widespread in tropical Africa from Senegal to the Red Sea and the Yemen, and through East and Central Africa to the Caprivi Strip, Botswana and Natal. In the Caprivi Strip and Botswana it is a characteristic member of riparian forest fringing the Zambezi and Chobe Rivers.