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Tree; leaves alternate, bipinnately compound; leaflets oblong, margins entire; inflorescnece a terminal panicle; flowers large, reddish orange with white and yellow markings on uppwer petal; legume fruits large, woody, flat, elongate. (Image at left photographed on the Paseo Montejo, Merida.)
Native to Madagascar and planted widely throughout the tropics as an ornamental. At Rancho Kiuic known only from the vicinity of the historic settlement area. Listed as an important source of pollen and/or nectar for bees (Souza Novello 1981, Suarez Molina 1981).