Mexican alvaradoa is a small tree to moderate sized tree or shrub, which can reach a height of 35 - 40 feet. It has an open, spreading upright irregular crown; the trunk and branches are reddish-brown and covered with corky patches and leaf scars. Leaves are bright green, evergreen, alternate, pinnately compound, 4 - 8 inches in length with 15 - 40 oval leaflets, which have smooth margins and are up to 1 inch long. The leaves resemble those of leguminous trees. Flowers are green to yellowish white, semi-showy, borne in long hanging spikes, 3 - 4 inches long, male and female flowers on different plants, with numerous very small blooms attracting insects. Fruits are dry, densely hairy, winged, light tan ringed with red, each with a single seed, which are wind dispersed. Seeds used for propagation. Bark and wood are used to make medicinal tea. The plant grows in moist well-drained limestone soils with some organic matter; it is hardy once established. Mexican alvoradao has attractive pinnate leaves casting light shade, along with colorful flowers and fruits. It has application s as a specimen or accent tree in gardens and parks, and can be pruned to tree or shrub form, and makes an excellent hedge. It is also desirable in a native plant garden. This tree is native to southernmost florida hammocks where it is endangered.