Tree is up to 20 m high and 40 cm diameter. Bark is grey and smooth. Live bark is 3 mm, straw coloured. Wood is hard, closegrained and red. Branchlets are pinnate with 2–6 pairs,opposite, 6–20 cm long. Leaflets are chartaceous, 3–9 pairs, alternate, elliptic toovate- or obovate, 1.5–5.5 x 0.5–3.5 cm. Racemes are solitary or inpanicles, up to 30 cm long. Flowers are white, thenyellowish. Pod is straight tofalcate to slightlytwisted, narrow, and fleshy, 10–25 x 1.5 cm in size. There are 6–15 seeds which are glossy red and 8–10 x 7–9 mmin size.
The hard, red wood for furniture, building purposes, but in Sri Lanka too rare.