Life form: medium-sized tree Max. height: 25 m (herbarium) Max. diameter: 60 cm (herbarium) Leaf: alternate, simple, obovate, macrophyll (10-25 x 16-50 cm), entire, coriaceous, pubescent beneath; prominent lateral nerves, leaves markedly clustered at branch ends, young leaves are copper-coloured; leafy stipules, up to 3 cm long Inflorescence: axillary, solitary, on stout stalks Flower: large; unisexual; no petals but bracts; corolla yellow
Fruit: fleshy, globose (3 cm in diameter), green, softly hairy; 4 seeds
Other: it has stilt roots. Similar, particularly as a sapling, to U. guineensis. The wood density is 0.76
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