Tetrapleura tetraptera is a deciduous tree native to W. and Central W. Africa. The pulp surrounding the seed (see seedpod photo below) is rich in sugars and is used to flavor foods. The wood is reddish brown with hard heartwood. Tannisn are obtained from the fruit pulp and leaves, bark, roots and seeds are used for medicinal purposes.
The tree can reach up to 25 m. in height.