Voacanga Africana is a small shrub-like tree native to the rich and moist soils of the tropical and subtropical forests of West Africa. From first observation, people would mistake it for just another ornamental plant in the garden.
Voacanga Africana could grow up to heights of 6m, its leaves are long, lush ovals and its flowers are like little snowflakes, white or yellow depending on the specimen. The fruits of Voacanga Africana resemble large, freckled field beans that, once ripe, open up into two halves. Animals then feed upon the yellow pulp, ultimately allowing the plant species to spread its seeds. Since its discovery in 1894, Voacanga Africana was considered to be merely a simple tropical shrub up till WWII.