Tabernaemontana ventricosa grows as a shrub or small tree up to 15 metres (49 ft) tall, with a trunk diameter of up to 30 centimetres (12 in). Its fragrant flowers feature white with pale yellow corolla lobes. Fruit is dark green, with 2 ellipsoids, up to 10 centimetres (3.9 in) in diameter. Vernacular names for the plant include "forest toad tree". Habitat is forests from sea-level to 1,850 metres (6,070 ft) altitude. Local medicinal uses include the treatment of wounds, fever and hypertension. The plant is native to Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and South Africa.