An Acacia-like dry deciduous small tree, widespread from Africa to India and Australia, where it grows in a variety of drier habitats. It forms a rounded crown to about 7 m tall with finely pinnate leaves and pendulous, fluffy flowers in spring that are purplish pink and yellow. It is easy to grow and makes a nice ornamental for dry tropical and warm temperate climates. Due to its invasive potential it is discouraged from planting in the Americas and in island habitats where it is not native. Seeds should be scarified or immersed in hot water to break dormancy, then soaked at room temperature for a day before sowing.