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Medium to large, almost evergreen, tree, to 20 m. Bark very characteristic, pinkish-cream with flaking patches of dark brown to black. The dark patches are often very extensive in older trees, giving them a burnt look. Leaves 2-foliolate; leaflets broadly sickle-shaped, 3-10 cm long, very asymmetric, glossy green above, paler below, hairless; apex acuminate. Flowers in lax terminal heads, creamy-white, c. 1 cm in diameter. Fruit a broad, woody pod, only 2-3 cm long, dark brown, splitting on one side only, partially releasing a single brown seed with a bright red aril, which is still attached to the pod by a narrow stalk.


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© Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten and Petra Ballings

Source: Flora of Zimbabwe

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