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Ornamental tree for parks, avenues and gardens. Its beautiful seeds are used as beads for necklaces. Nitrogen fixing plant. Used as a fodder crop and medicinal plant.
Deciduous tree of 15m high with a large canopy. Oval-shaped light-green and composed leaves, pods filled with seeds. Little yellowish and scented flowers.
It prefers neutral and well drained soils.
Boats and furniture are made from its wood. Fashion jewellery such as bracelets, necklaces and rosaries are made with its seeds.
The young leaves are eaten cooked. Raw seeds are toxic but once boiled they can be eaten and are very nourishing.
The leaves and seeds have anti-inflamatory and antibacterial properties.
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