A scrambling shrub or small tree. Leaves imparipinnate with 8-16 pairs of leaflets and a terminal leaflet, bright green above.
Leaflets often typically folded downwards along the rhachis.
Flowers in few-flowered axillary sprays, white to yellow, c. 2.5 cm in diameter, showy, lemon-scented, appearing before the new leaves.
Fruit an ellipsoid capsule, reddish-brown when ripe, splitting along one side, revealing the seed in a bright orange-red pseudo-aril.