to medium-sized tree with doubly compound leaves to 25 cm long. Flowers
are white, in round clusters. Pods are numerous, flat and shiny brown. A native of tropical America, it is now thoroughly
naturalized thoughout the tropics including the
Philippines. Usually a bush or small tree up to 6 m high, giant
strains to 15 m and more have been introduced from Hawaii in the 1970s.
It is extensively planted in the country as a reforestation species to
control soil erosion. Highly resistant to high temperature, shade,
drought, salinity, pests and disease.|
Many ipil ipil trees grow in vacant lots in Alabang Hills, including some of the giant variety.