A deciduous tree with a flaky, brownish bark. Old trees yield a sticky sap when the stem is damaged. The young reddish-brown leaves turn bright green upon maturing, giving the canopy a bright green hue. Leaves are somewhat droopy, compound, 15-35 cm long, containing 10-12 pairs of leaflets arranged in opposites including the terminal pair. Leaflets are asymmetric with a prominent mid vein, strong-scented when crushed, about 5-9 cm long and 1.5-3.5 cm broad, with a pointed apex and teethed margin. Flowers are small, white, sweetly-scented, borne in terminal clusters during the months of March-May. Ellipsoid, fleshy fruits change colour from green to yellow when they ripen, about 1.5 cm in size, contains one seed. Fruit strewn on the ground is a common sight during the months of August- September.
Common in forest edges
Native tree. A valuable medicinal and ornamental tree. Popular for its pest- resistant property due to insecticidal chemical constituents. The wood is used for timber. Also found in home gardens and along the roadside.