Tree 8-30(35) m. high. Young branchlets glabrous or puberulous. Leaves with pinnae opposite, in 4-11 pairs; leaflets 10-18 or more pairs, oblong, rounded at apex, asymmetrically rounded or subtruncate at the base. Peduncles up to half a meter long; flowers red, in dense, electric light bulb-shaped inflorescences. Pods leathery.
Derivation of specific name
Bole: Straight. Buttressed. Large. Spreading crown. To 30 m. Bark: Grey/brown. Smooth/scaly. Vertical lines of brown lenticels. Young branchlets glabrous to puberulous. Slash: Red/brown with brown/white streaks. Leaf: Bipinnate; 4 - 11 pairs of pinnae; 11 - 17 pairs of leaflets per pinna. Alternate. Lflts: Pinnae: Opposite. Leaflets: Opposite. Petiole: Rachis puberulous. Lamina: Small. 1 - 3 × 0.5 - 1 cm. Oblong. Cuneate. Asymmetrical. Obtuse/retuse. Entire. Glabrous. Domatia: NR. Glands: Petiole glandular. Stipules: NR. Thorns & Spines: Absent. Flower: Red/pink/brown; pungent smell. Hanging balls. Fruit: Dark brown/black long hanging pods; 50 - 60 cm.
In D.R. Congo, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia and Angola.
Lake Tanganyika; central Africa; coastal Tanzania; Eastern Arc Mountains; eastern tropical Africa; Lake Malawi region; Lake Victoria region; southern Africa