The Monkey Thorn tree grows to a height of around 25 metres. It can be found along river banks as well as in open woodland. In South Africa it only occurs in parts of the Limpopo and North West provinces.
The wood of this tree is brown and is sometimes used to make furniture although it is difficult to work with. The flowers take the shape of long yellowish spikes. The seedpods can be up to almost 30 cm in length and are narrow.