Unarmed shrub or tree. Stipules
small, caducous. Leaves with a single pair of large leaflets. Leaflets opposite, asymmetric, glabrous, with numerous translucent gland-dots, smelling of
turpentine when crushed and with 7-12 prominent nerves arising
from the point of attachment. Inflorescence a slender raceme or panicle.
Flowers bisexual. Sepals 4. Petals 0. Stamens 20-25. Pods
indehiscent, reniform, flattened, glandular. Seeds flattened, reniform, with numerous shining resin-glands.
Derivation of name: Colophospermum: resin-seed, referring to the resinous glands on the seed
Worldwide: 1 species, in Angola, Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, S Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe