The heartwood is pink when freshly cut, but it matures to a red-brown or purple-brown colour. The sapwood is grey-pink or cream in colour.
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The geographical range of Sapeli is from the Ivory Coast to the Cameroon, eastward through Democratic Republic of Congo to Uganda. It is found in different forest types, including deciduous, evergreen, and transitional zones.