The Pongamia Pinatta trees are being offered for sale here at up to 2 metres in grow bags with options for smaller plants & seeds that can be purchased.

I have Pongamia Pinatta seedlings for sale as well as seeds, either dehusked or still in their pods. Quantities & types available depend on the seasons.

*Seedlings are $4.50 each for 20 or more. Up to that number they are $7 each

*Seeds with husks retained $4.50 for 10 seeds. Dehusked seeds are 50cents each in lots of 20 plus pack/post

I also have pongamia trees in excess of 1-2 metres tall in grow bags.

*Seeds with husks removed $4.50 for 5 seeds

Shipped Australia wide for $2.55 per item


Medicinal Value of the Pongamia Pinatta Tree

For centuries before modern science and technology, medicine was practiced traditionally by medicine men and women.  Incorporation of Pongamia plant parts is very common in Ayurvedha and Siddha Indian medicine practices.  In addition to the properties in the table below,  Pongamia pinnata exhibits many pharmacological attributes.   First, anti-Plasmodial characteristics make P. pinnata important to treat malaria caused by Plasmodium falciparum.  Next, the leaves of the Pongam tree exhibit anti-inflammatory qualities as well as anti-diarrheal activity; also, the leaf extracts are antioxidants.  Pongamia prevents ulcers by protecting damage from aspirin.  It may also provide diabetic patients with a safer anti-hyperglycemic drug.

Please note at the foot of this posting what product is being offered for sale

The 2 to 4 in. long leaves alternate.  Their pinnate shape gives rise to their species name pinnata.  The leaves are evergreen and occur in fives, sevens, or nines.

Plant Part Medicinal Value
Flower Used to treat bleeding hemorrhoids, or piles
Fruit Aid treatment of abdominal tumors, female genital tract infections, ulcers, and hemorrhoids
Seed Extracts can be used to heal scar tissue tumors, treat high blood pressure, and treat anemia
Powder reduces fever and helps in treating bronchitis and whooping cough
(extracted from seed)
Used as an astringent and to kill parasitic worms
Helpful in treating whooping cough, piles, liver pain, chronic fever, ulcers, and leprosy
Relieves sore joints and muscles and arthritis
Used to treat eczema and other skin irritations when mixed with zinc oxide
Leaf Whole leaves used as a digestive and laxative and to treat inflammation and wounds
Leaf juice aids in treatment of leprosy, gonorrhea, diarrhea, flatulence, coughs, and colds
Leaf infusions and extracts alleviate rheumatism and itches, respectively
Stem Extracts used to lower or relieve fever and to sedate the central nervous system
Bark Relieves coughs and colds, reduces spleen inflammation, and mental disorder
Useful for treatment of bleeding piles
Root Used as a toothbrush for oral hygiene, used for killing parasitic worms, and used to treat vaginal and skin diseases
Juice used to clean ulcers and to close open sores
Mixed with  coconut milk and lime water, juice can treat gonorrhea

Some of the Pongamia Pinatta smaller plants for sale in grow bags

Flowers bisexual, purplish-white, 15-18 mm long, in lax axillary racemes, axis pubescent; bracts small, cauducous; calyx tube campanulate; minutely 5 toothed, apex truncate; corolla exserted; petals 5, clawed; standard suborbicular with curved folds above the claw; wings obliquely oblong, slightly adnate above the claws to the obtuse keel petals which are joined near the tip; stamens 10, monadelphous, the vexillary stamen free below and above; anthers uniform; ovary subsessile, inferior, 1-celled, ovules 2; style in curved, beardless; stigma capitate.

Leaves imparipinnate, alternate; stipules lateral, small, oblong, cauducous; rachis 10-15 cm long, slender, pulvinate, pubescent; leaflets 5-7, opposite, estipellate; petiolule 6-10 mm; slender, pubescent; leaflet 4.5-12 x 2-7 cm, elliptic-acuminate, elliptic-lanceolate, ovate or ovate-oblong, apex acuminate, margin entire, glabrous, chartaceous; lateral nerves 5-8 pairs, pinnate, ascending, slender, faint; intercostae reticulate, obscure.

More Medicinal aspects of the Pongamia Pinnata tree

The seed oil is given as a stomachic and cholagogue in the treatment of dyspepsia and cases of sluggish liver[303].

It is used externally as a liniment for rubbing on skin diseases and rheumatic joints[303]. It has been shown to be effective in enhancing the pigmentation of skin affected by leucoderma or scabies[414].

The powdered seed is given as an expectorant in the treatment of bronchitis and whooping cough, and is also prescribed as a febrifuge and tonic[303].

A paste made from the powdered seed is spread on sores and rheumatic joints[303].An infusion of the leaves is used to relieve rheumatism[303]. A decoction is used as a cough remedy[303].

The leaves are crushed and applied as a poultice for the treatment of parasitic skin diseases and to relieve bleeding haemorrhoids[303].The expressed juice is used on herpes and itches[303].The flowers are claimed to have anti-diabetic action[303].The fresh stem bark is astringent and is taken internally to relieve bleeding haemorrhoids[303]. It is also applied to reduce the enlargement of the spleen[303].The root bark contains a bitter alkaloid and is used as an abortifacient[303].

The antiseptic root juice is put on sores and ulcers and used to clean teeth[303].

Evergreen trees, to18 m high, bark 10-12 mm thick, surface grey, smooth, speckled with brown; blaze-yellow; branchlets lenticellate

Fruit a pod, 4-5 x 2-2.5 cm, obliquely oblong, flat, thick, pointed at both ends, indehiscent, slightly falcate; seed one, reniform.

The seeds are poisonous[309

Pounded and roasted seeds used to be utilized as fish poison[303

Other Uses

The seed contains 27 – 40% of a thick, yellow or reddish-brown oil[272,303]. The oil has a bitter taste, a disagreeable aroma and a specific gravity of 0.9371 at 15°c[303]. It is used as a lubricant, varnish, water-paint binder and in soap making[303]. The seed oil was formerly indispensable as an illuminant in lamps, but has been largely replaced by kerosene[303]. Two kilos of mature pods will yield about 1 kilo of husked kernels. Extracted oil amounts to 13.4% of the whole seed pod; 26.97% of the kernels[303].
The presscake, when applied to the soil, is valued as a pesticide, particularly against nematodes[303].

In rural areas, the dried leaves are stored with grain to repel insects[303].
The bark fibre is made into string, twine or rope[303].
The roots yield a natural pigment called ‘pinnatin'[303].

The wood ash is employed in dyeing[303].
The wood varies from white to yellowish-grey with no distinct heartwood[303]. It is beautifully grained and medium to coarse textured[303]. Although it is a moderately strong timber that is relatively easy to saw, turn and finish, the wood is not considered a quality timber because it is not durable, tends to split and warp during seasoning and is susceptible to insect attack[303]. It is used for cabinet making, cartwheels, posts, agricultural implements, tool handles and combs[303]. It is also suitable as a source of pulp for paper making[303]

With a calorific value of 4 600 kcal/kg, pongam is commonly used as a fuel wood[303].

Cultivation Details

Native to humid tropical and subtropical environments, it is found at elevations from sea level to 1,200 metres[303]. It grows in areas where the mean annual temperature ranges from a minimum of 1 – 16°c, up to a maximum of 27 – 38 (exceptionally 50)°c, and the mean annual rainfall is 500 – 2,500 mm, with a dry season of 2 – 6 months[303]. Mature plants can tolerate light frosts[303].

The plant can grow on most soil types[303]. The best growth is found on deep well-drained sandy loams with assured moisture, but it will also grow on sandy soils and heavy swelling clay soils[303]. It does not do well on dry sands, although it tolerates saline conditions, alkalinity and waterlogged soils[303]. Tolerant of shade, it can grow under the shade of other trees, but will also grow well in full sun[303]. Established plants are drought resistant[303]. Plants are wind-resistant, tolerating at least some salt-laden air[309]. Plants become nutrient deficient if growing in soils with a pH higher than 7.5[309].

The plant has a long, thick taproot and widely spreading lateral roots[414]. The spread of roots on this species, about 9 metres in 18 years, is greater than most other species; moreover it produces root suckers profusely[303]. Because of these characteristics, pongam is unsuitable for agroforestry and has the potential to become a weed if not managed carefully[303].

Individual trees yield 9 – 90 kg of pods annually, while mature trees yield 8 – 24 kg of seeds annually[303].
Growth of young trees is fairly slow; a growth of 1.3 metres in height and 0.4 cm in diameter in 13 months was recorded in India[303

Trees coppice well and can also be pollarded[ 303When planted as a shade or ornamental tree, pruning may be necessary to obtain a trunk of appropriate height[303This species has a symbiotic relationship with certain soil bacteria, these bacteria form nodules on the roots and fix atmospheric nitrogen. Some of this nitrogen is utilized by the growing plant but some can also be used by other plants growing nearby[200.

Pongam tree bark is thin with an outer gray or gray, brown color and an inner yellow color. These trees reach anywhere from 30 to 75 ft. tall, but the trunk is typically short. It can grow to be more than 10 ft. around.

The Pongam tree exhibits an odd growth pattern compared to many other trees. Generally, new leaf is produced from May to the end of August and are not lost until April of the following year. Fruit production occurs throughout December; then, in February its seeds begin to ripen and will do so through May. In March, the pods join the seeds in the ripening process and will finish ripening at the end of May. The Pongam tree flowers from April until the end of June.

Pongam flowers range from white to pink to purple. They are seen quite often in groups of 2, 3. The pea shaped blossoms are 15 to 18mm long.


Seed – requires no pre-treatment. The seed is usually sown in situ, germinating within 1 – 5 weeks of sowing[303]. Germination is hypogeal and the radicle develops quickly before the plumule emerges[303]. If sown in a nursery bed, the seed can be planted at a close spacing, as young plants tolerate shade well – a spacing of 7.5 x 15 cm is recommended[303]. Seedlings attain a height of 25 – 30 cm in their first growing season[303]. Transplanting to the field should occur at the beginning of the next rainy season when seedlings are about 60 cm in height[303]. Seedlings have large root systems and soil should be retained around the roots during transplanting[303].

Seed storage behaviour is orthodox and seeds remain viable for about a year when stored in air-tight containers[303]

Pod production commences when seedlings are 5 – 7 years old[303].

The pods do not open naturally, and must decay before the seeds can germinate[303].

The pongamia (Millettia pinnata) plant is a leguminous tree that is found through much of Asia, northern Australia and the Pacific Islands. It is a species of the legume family and grows large pods that are rich in triglyceride oils that may be converted into biodiesel and aviation fuel.

The tree is not currently grown commercially in Australia. However, there is considerable interest in its seeds to produce oil, provided the cost is low enough.

Pongam pods are hard, brown, and smooth. They grow to be between 3 and 6 cm long and between 2 and 3 cm wide.

These seeds range from 10 to 15 cm long. They range from light to dark brown in color and have a bean-like appearance.

NOTE>The larger trees are available & seeds available when in season. Old seeds do not germinate successfully but fresh ones do, so they need to be harvested & sold reasonably fresh within a matter of months. For the sake of this exercise, I am using Pongamia plants up to 2 metres tall in grow bags as the ones being sold here at $ 75. If you want seeds or seedlings or smaller plants just let me know & we will organize something for you.

10 Seeds for  $4.50 Plus pack/post $3

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