Tree, up to 30 m high, bark fissured, with milky white latex. Leaves, simple, alternate, blades oblanceolate, 10-60 x 4.5-5 cm, apex acuminate, base cuneate, glabrous above, pubescent beneath; inflorescence in clusters at defoliated nodes or cauliflorus; flowers white with corolla 9-10 mm long; fruit ellipsoid, ovoid or subglobose 8-20 cm long, brown, rough; seeds solitary, broadly obovate, deep brown to black and shiny.
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According to published and other information:
Use of the seed orally is classified as tOxic (TOX). Given the toxicity of the seed of this plant, its use is discouraged, regardless of how recognized its alleged therapeutic properties may be.
In the event of poisoning from ingestion, seek medical attention.