Origin: South America
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Sprawling evergreen shrub to 4 m (13 ft) tall (or wide), with somewhat zigzag, sparsely hairy stems.
Leaves: Alternate, stalked, even-pinnately compound, with 3–6 pairs of leaflets; larger ones at leaf tip. Leaflets to 4 cm (1.6 in) long, oblong with rounded tips. Petioles with gland above, between lowermost leaflets and occasionally between others.
Yellow or yellow-green, 3–4 cm (1.2–1.6 in) across, in 3- to 12-flowered racemes near stem tips; stamens with prominent, curved filaments.
A brown slender pod, cylindric, glabrous, 7–12 cm (3–5 in) long.
C, SW, SE
Text from Invasive and Non-native Plants You Should Know – Recognition Cards 1
Described as fast and strong in its growth. Displaces native vegetation in disturbed and undisturbed areas of Florida’s tropical hammocks, coastal strands, and canal banks. FLEPPC Category I