The species name of wattapama is confusing because it means "flowery", not that it is native to florida. This tree is a deciduous small tree reaching 12-20 feet, sometimes larger, or as a shrub. The trunk is erect or descending, with gray fissured bark. The crown is umbrella-shaped with long slender spreading branches; twigs are brown, covered with fine hair. Leaves are green, alternate or single, bipinnate, 2 - 5 inches long, with 8 - 20 pairs of oblong or elliptic leaflets, rounded at both ends, 1/4 - 5/8 x 1/8 - 1/4 inches. Flowers are borne in clusters with short stems, blooms pea-shaped, blue to purple with white stamens. The tree flowers when it is without leaves. Fruits are flat pods, pointed at both ends, 2 1/2 - 4 inches long, twisting when splitting open, containing 5 - 20 seeds, used for propagation. Published information about growth requirements is lacking but it is presumed that wattapama can, like other legumes, grow on various well-drained types of soil. This tree is an ideal landscape choice for small gardens and patios where space is limited, and in containers, providing handsome foliage, and flowers and fruits in spring/summer.