The heartwood is initially yellow to golden brown in colour, usually with a slight greenish cast. Upon exposure, the colour matures to reddish-brown. Grain is reported to be very irregular and closely interlocked, producing attractive and lustrous stripes.
Native to West Africa, the species is reported to be common in the rainforests, from Ivory Coast to the Cameroons and Gabon.
The timber is commonly used in heavy construction, marine construction, wharf construction, crossties and pilling.
The heartwood has a high natural resistance to attack by decay, fungi, and termites. The wood is reported to resist attack by marine-borers.