Ringworm Bush or better known as Akapulko is a coarse, erect, branched shrub, 1.5 to 3 meters high. Leaves are pinnate and 40 to 60 centimeters long, with orange rachis on stout branches. Each leaf has 16 to 28 leaflets, 5 to 15 centimeters in length, broad and rounded at the apex, with a small point at the tip. Leaflets gradually increase in size from the base towards the tip of the leaf. Inflorescences are terminal and at the axils of the leaves, in simple or panicled racemes, and 10 to 50 centimeters long. Flowers are yellow, about 4 centimeters inn diameter, at the axils of thin, yellow, oblong, concave bracts which are 2.5 to 3 centimeters long. Pod is rather straight, dark brown or nearly black, about 15 centimeters long and 15 millimeters wide. On both sides of the pods there is a wing that runs the length of the pod. Pod contains 50 to 60 flattened, triangular seeds.
Akapulko has a long history of medical usage and has a long list of folkloric health benefits for the following conditions. Akapulko is commonly used as an antibacterial and anti-fungal treatment for various skin diseases that include: tinea infection, ringworms, eczema, scabies, insect bites, and all sorts of skin itchiness. Akapulko is used as mouth wash for various mouth problems that include ulcers, sores, and toothache.