A small to medium-sized, common understory tree in most forest types, sometimes gregarious, rarely bigger than 20 cm Ø; also on sandy coastal plains. Very thin, smooth bark with yellowish slash with darker inner bark and red patches, tasting sweet. Very hard, yellowish wood. Leaf pinnate with 2 pairs of opposite leaflets, the upper pair largest, the winged rachis is diagnostic and is an easy distinction from Cryptosepalum. Fruit a flat, obovate, dehiscent pod of 7 - 9 x 3.5 cm.