Botanical descriptions Habitat and ecology Distribution
|Diagnostic characters :||Small evergreen trees, stem with red sap. Leaves imparipinnate, alternate, leaflets opposite, apex caudate. Flowers white, pea-like, top petal curved backwards. Fruit a flat pod.|
|Habit :||Evergreen treelet c. 5 m. tall; c. 10 cm.in diameter, bark brownish-white, flaky.|
|Trunk & bark :||Trunk with gray lenticels, outer bark c. 1 cm. thick, blackish-brown, inner bark c. 0.5 cm. thick, yellow.|
|Branches and branchlets or twigs :||Branches glabrous, terete, brownish when dry, lenticellate.|
|Exudates :||Red sap.|
|Leaves :||Leaves compound, imparipinnate, alternate, crowded at the apex of branchelets, rachis up to 10 cm. long, leaflets 5-9, opposite to subopposite, oblong to elliptic, apex caudate, base acute, margin entire, young leaves light green, blade coriaceous and glabrous on both surface, pale on the lower surface.|
Midrib grooved above, prominent below.
Primary vein single, secondary veins obtuse, about 5-7 pairs, tertiary indistinctly reticulate. Petiole small about 1 cm. long.
|Inflorescences or flowers :||Inflorescence a racemose-panicle, axillary and terminal, glabrous, up to 20-30 cm. long. Flowers white, small and short bracts, glabrous, pedicel about 4 mm. long, calyx dark brown, small. Petals glabrous, white.|
|Fruits :||Fruit is a flat pod, 2-3 X 10 cm in length, thick walled, glabrous, brown on the outer surface then dark brown, dehiscent.|
|Seeds :||Few flattened rounded seeds.|
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