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Tall evergreen tree with a straight stem, sometimes buttressed. Bark grey-brown, fairly smooth; branches red-brown to blackish, with numerous and conspicuous lenticels. Leaves oblong-elliptic to ovate, 8-16.5 cm long, leathery, apex with a distinct drip-tip up to 2 cm long, bluish-green and hairless above, covered in brown appressed hairs below, net-veining prominent on both surfaces; margin entire; petiole short and thick, usually dark-coloured. Flowers solitary or in 2-5-flowered clusters, greenish-white to yellow, strongly scented. Petals linear, up to 5 cm long. Fruit of many cylindric carpels, up to 6 cm long, hairless, usually diagonally ridged, green or reddish.


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Source: Flora of Zimbabwe

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