The most striking thing about this tree is that all parts smell of onion or garlic. The bark is pale coloured and the slash whitish. The leaves when fresh are a very bright green on their upper surface. On the lower surface they are dull, pale brown to matt white due to a dense covering of tiny white scales. On old leaves, found under the tree, these scales fall off to reveal a very tight, regular pattern of rectangles formed by the finest venation. The leaves each have a pair of stipules which fall early.
Mixed species and Gilbertiodendron dewevrei forest on terra firma.
Distribution: Ghana, Cameroon, Gabon to DRC.