Common name: black bean, Moreton Bay chestnut
Castanospermum australe A.Cunn. ex Mudie APNI*
Description: Tree, up to 35 m high with trunk up to 1.5 m diam., but usually smaller, mostly glabrous.
Leaves 30–60 cm long; leaflets 9–17, ± oblong-elliptic, 7–20 cm long, 3–5 cm wide, apex acuminate, margins entire, glabrous, upper surface glossy, lower surface paler and dull; petiole 3–6 cm long; lateral petiolules 2–5 mm long.
Racemes mostly 5–15 cm long; pedicels 20–35 mm long. Calyx c. 10 mm long. Corolla 30–40 mm long, orange to red.
Pod mostly 10–20 cm long, 4–6 cm diam., glabrous; seeds 1–5, c. 30 mm diam., brown.
Distribution and occurrence: Widespread in warmer rainforest, north from the Orara R., especially along rivers.
NSW subdivisions: NC
Other Australian states: Qld
Text by G. J. Harden
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 2 (1991)
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