North western part and eastern coast of the Island of Madagascar.
Medium size 12-15 meters tall, diameter of 30-40 cm, is found in dense tropical forests, predominantly in high humidity areas.
The heartwood is perfectly black, with some times white streaks. The grain is extremely fine, almost invisible. The timber is hard of a density from 0.9 to 1.1 t / m3. Wide sapwood of white or light yellowish colour.
In small dimensions, dries well, fairly quickly, with little tendency to split or distort.
Difficult workability, for being abrasive to tools.
For inlays, top quality joinery, sculptures, fingerboards of stringed instruments, chin rests, pegs and bow parts.