Poovam is a beautiful tree with a broad, shady crown, commonly seen in the ever-green and also the deciduous forests of India. Usually it grows to a height of about 30 metres. This tree is mostly noticed because of its bright red leaves when they are new. In India this happens around March. The leaves are pinnate, with each leaf having 2-4 pairs of leaflets. Flowers are tiny, occuring in short dense yellow clusters. The fruit is about the size of a small plum.
Its bark, seeds and seed oil are used in Ayurvedic medicines to treat skin diseases.