Hypodaphnis zenkeri is an evergreen tree with a bushy crown; it can grow 6 - 10 metres tall, occasionally to 20 metres[
]. The bole, which is often twisted, is up to 60cm in diameter[
The tree is harvested from the wild for local use of its bark, which is used as a condiment, and for its wood. The bark is sold in local markets under the name 'écorce rouge'[
West tropical Africa - Nigeria, Cameroon, Gabon.
An understorey tree in rain forest at low elevations, usually occurring as isolated specimens but becoming locally common[
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The bark is used as a spice in traditional sauces[
The heartwood is grey to dark chestnut brown; the sapwood is white or pale yellow. The wood is light in weight, easy to work. The tree provides a good-quality timber, but detailed information on its wood properties is lacking, as is information on its actual use[
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