Adenanthera intermedia is a deciduous tree with a spreading crown; it can grow up to 19 metres tall in one report[
], and to 30 metres in another[
]. The straight, cylindrical bole can be up to 30cm in diameter[
] or 100 - 200cm in diameter[
]. The buttresses are usually low and small, but occasionally up to 4 metres high[
The tree yields a high quality timber and is also sometimes harvested from the wild for local medicinal use.
Rates of habitat loss through logging and shifting cultivation have led to considerable population declines. The plant is classified as 'Vulnerable' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2011)[
Southeast Asia - Philippines.
Thickets and forests at low to medium elevations[
]. Understorey of rain forest at elevations up to 700 metres[
]. Primary and secondary forest, evergreen to dry deciduous rain forest, but also in open savannah-like vegetation[
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The tree probably flowers and fruits all year round[
Although many species within the family Fabaceae have a symbiotic relationship with soil bacteria, this species is said to be devoid of such a relationship and therefore does not fix atmospheric nitrogen[
The bark and seeds are used as a cure for snakebites and to make applications for treating headaches and rheumatism.[
The heartwood of young trees is a bright yellow, becoming reddish-brown in large, old trees and darkes to a rich chocolate colour upon exposure to the air. The wood is straight-grained with a fine, glossy texture. It is resistant to the attacks of termites and beetles. A high quality wood, it is used for house construction, flooring, paving blocks, vehicle bodies, furniture, cabinet work and turnery[
The wood is used to make a very good charcoal[
The wood can be used as a substitute for 'ipil' (Intsia bijuga)[
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