Millettia grandis, commonly the umzimbeet, is an attractive, medium-sized tree with pretty leaves and spectacular terminal clusters of pea-shaped flowers (SA Tree List No. 227). The leaves, yellow-green here, may also be blue-green or dark green.
The seeds are poisonous and may cause danger if eaten in quantity. They have been used in treating roundworm. The roots also feature in traditional medicine remedies for insomnia and tension.
The tree is found mostly in coastal forests and forest margins at low altitudes in KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape, most common in Pondoland. The species is not considered to be threatened in its habitat early in the twenty first century (Coates Palgrave, 2002; www.plantzafrica.com; www.redlist.sanbi.org).