Alafia barteri grows as a liana up to 35 metres (115 ft) long, with a stem diameter of up to 3 centimetres (1.2 in). Its fragrant flowers feature a white corolla. Fruit is dark brown with paired cylindrical follicles, each up to 50 centimetres (20 in) in diameter. Habitat is lowland forest from sea-level to 200 metres (660 ft) altitude. Local medicinal uses include as a treatment for malaria and rheumatism.A. barteri is native to Liberia, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Cameroon and Gabon.