The highly distinctive appearance of the seeds around the edges of the fruit sections gives this species its English name of tick tree. One of its local names is mhozya.
Usually this is a quite small tree of open miombo woodland in Tanzania. It is native to southern Africa as far north as Tanzania. The tree frequently branches low down. Its yellow flowers and papery bark resemble Sterculia quinqiloba. However the two can be separated as this species has leaves only 12cm long, frequently branches low down and the seeds look like bluish grey ticks.
Its timber is not used, but the tree provides quality bark rope.