Botanic Gardens Trust, Sydney, Australia
The Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan - January
|Common name ||-|
|Scientific name ||Pongamia pinnata (L.)Pierre|
|Family ||Fabaceae - Faboideae|
|Etymology || |
Genus: From pongam, the Tamil name for this tree.
Species: With pinnate leaves.
|Distribution ||The species is widely distributed from tropical Asia to northern Australia. |
|Native habitat ||A prominent component of beach scrubs but also extends to lowland rainforests and vine thickets especially near streams.|
|Description || |
Tall shrub to medium tree.
|Flowering/fruiting ||In January and February it has delicate, Wisteria-like flowers which release their perfume at night.|
Location in Garden
Beds 11 and 12 in the Connections Garden.
In early summer it has soft, shiny burgundy new leaves which glow in the light. These will age to bright lime green and then to dark green as the season progresses.
It is a fast-growing, adaptable tree for tropical and sub-tropical regions which requires excellent drainage and a sunny location. It grows easily from seed.
All parts of the plant are toxic and will induce nausea and vomiting if eaten. Interestingly, it is also used extensively throughout its range in traditional medicine.
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