This small tree has alternate, compound leaves composed of 2‒4 pairs of leaflets up to 14 cm long with no terminal leaflet. The leaflet stalk is short and there is a distinct bump where the leaf stalk joins the stem. The leaflets usually have a few coarse teeth in the upper half. Often only young plants are found, although small trees with fluted or twisted trunks do occur.
The clusters of small, pink flowers are found at various times of the year. The fruit is usually bilobed, each lobe up to 9 mm in diameter, and when split open reveals a shiny black seed in a bright red, fleshy covering (aril).
East Gippsland, VIC to Kroombit Tops, central QLD