Pongamia

Milletia pinnata (Fabaceae)

Characteristics

Tree, 15-25 m tall, with a large canopy. Leaves alternate. Flowers in clusters: white, purple and pink, blossoming throughout the year. The tree is well adapted to intense heat, sunlight and droughts. Root nodules promote nitrogen fixation (typical for Fabaceae – the bean family).

Distribution

Native to eastern and tropical Asia, Australia and the Pacific Islands

Natural Medical Properties

No known.

Did you know?

The seed oil has been found to be useful in diesel generators and is being explored in hundreds of projects throughout India and the third world as feedstock for biodiesel.

Further reading:

Literature

World Flora Online
WorldChecklist of Selected Plant Families
A working list of all plant species