Peltophorum africanum (SA Tree List No. 215), the African-wattle or huilboom in Afrikaans, grows to 10 m with a spreading crown in wooded grassland. The leaves are bipinnate and alternate. The soft foliage is dull green with rusty brown, velvety hairs on the leaf rachis and petiole. The leaves superficially resemble thorn tree foliage, but the trees are not armed with spines and the flowers are quite different.
The flowers appear in axillary sprays in spring and summer. The five petals are bright yellow and crinkled, about 2 cm in diameter. The fruit is a flat, elliptic, thin, winged and woody pod. These indehiscent pods hang in dense dark brown clusters, usually until winter (Coates Palgrave, 2002; Schmidt, et al, 2002).