It is from the Fabaceae (Leguminosae) Family and has many common names Indian Beech, Pongam Oil Tree, Poonga Oil Tree etc. But it has even more synonyms such as Pongamia pinnata var. xerocarpa, Pongamia glabra var. xerocarpa, Dalbergia arborea, Derris indica, Pterocarpus flavus etc.
Like the closely-related Pongamia pinnata, this tree is also deciduous and sheds its leaves periodically before sprouting new coloured leaves.