This fast growing shade tree is one of the few flowering trees native to South Florida and the Keys. The flowers are purplish-blue and pea-like in form. The nectar from these flowers is a source of honey.
An extract from the leaves, bark, twigs and roots can be used to produce a powder that when put into a body of water will temporarily stun fish allowing for easy catching. This practice is outlawed in Florida but still commonly used elsewhere in tropical America.