Locally this species is known as mkunya and mkude.
This is a huge tree up to 40m tall, with a yellow buttressed trunk. It is often is left when wooded thicket is cleared for farming. Juveniles can be differentiated from S. quinqiloba and S. africana by the leaves, which are over 20cm long and are not hairy underneath (are glabrous).
This species has no important uses and it is not a timber tree.