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A beautiful, medium to very large, dry deciduous tree with a spreading crown of drooping, dark, glossy green, pinnate leaves and conspicuous green and orange flowers that are followed by large, woody pods with very attractive, brown seeds with orange arils. Afzelia xylocarpa is related to Bauhinia and native to seasonally dry lowland forests in Southeast Asia. It is considered endangered due to overexploitation of it high quality wood and to habit loss. Seeds germinate easily and quickly after soaking overnight, sown thinly covered at 25 to 30°C.