The lorito tree is an evergreen, typically growing to 45 feet or more; it has a thick trunk with dark brown to reddish, smooth or scaly bark. The crown is rounded, wide, spreading and moderately dense. Young branches are lightly hairy, becoming smooth with age. Leaves are green, alternate, bipinnate, 4 1/2 - 6 1/2 inches long, with 8-16 pairs of primary leaflets, each 1 1/2 - 4 inches long and each in turn with 20-40 pairs of small, delicate, fern-like, smooth secondary leaflets. Flowers are borne in hanging clusters on stems 2 - 4 inches long; blooms are small, pea-shaped, symmetrical, white with hints of green and inconspicuous. The fruits are also borne in clusters as hard, curved pods, reddish-purple, 5 - 7 inches long, and compressed between the 3 - 10 ellipsoidal seeds. Lorito is propagated by seed, but they have short viability. The brownish wood has several uses, such as in heavy construction, flooring and plywood. The tree tolerates a wide range of well-drained soils; it is frost sensitive. In landscaping, lorito is a good foliage tree for shade and street plantings, a specimen tree in xerophytic gardens, and can be pruned for topiary, and to provide living barriers and hedges.