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Medium-sized to large evergreen tree. Leaves imparipinnate with 3-5 pairs of leaflets and a terminal leaflet; leaflets opposite or subopposite, elliptic or oblong-elliptic, mostly up to 12 cm, glossy dark green above, densely covered in curled hairs below, midrib, sunken, lateral veins closely spaced; margins entire, often rolled under. Flowers in dense terminal and axillary sprays, creamy green, fragrant. Fruit a spherical woody capsule, velvety, pale green, c. 2.5 cm in diameter, splitting into 2-3 valves, revealing black seeds, largely hidden in a bright red aril.

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Source: Flora of Zimbabwe

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