Poovarasu is an evergreen bushy tree. It grows to 40 ft or more with a spread of 10–20 ft. It has heart-shaped leaves and cup-shaped yellow flowers that are produced intermittently throughout the year in warm climates. Each flower has a maroon eye that ages to purple. The flowers are followed by apple-shaped fruit.
Bark is used to treat skin diseases, dysentery and haemorrhoids (Mauritius) Leaves are applied to inflamed and swollen joints, When cut. The young fruit secretes a yellow sticky sap used to treat ringworm and other skin diseases Roots are used as a tonic. There is some modern investigation of the plant’s effects on high blood pressure.