Botanical descriptions Habitat and ecology Distribution
|Diagnostic characters :||Evergreen trees, bark smooth. Leaves compound with rachis swollen at the base, leaflets opposite 3-5 pairs, apex obtuse. Stipules free caduceus. Flowers pea-like, purple.|
|Habit :||Evergreen tree up to 20 m tall.|
|Trunk & bark :||Bole straight or leaning, bark greenish-grey, smooth, with lenticels.|
|Branches and branchlets or twigs :||Twigs terete, glabrous.|
|Exudates :||Exudate absent.|
|Leaves :||Leaves compound imparipinnate, alternate and spiral. Rachis swollen at base, leaflets opposite, number 3-5 pairs, elliptic, apex obtuse, base acute, margin entire.|
Midrib flat above, secondary veins obtuse, widely parallel, tertiary veins absent.
Stipules free, caducous.
|Inflorescences or flowers :||Flowers purple, arranged in a many-flowered inflorescence, terminal, bisexual, pedicels shorter than 0.5 cm.|
|Fruits :||Fruit is a pod, up to 5 cm long, splitting in 2 sections.|
|Seeds :||Seed(s) 1-3.|
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