Caesalpinia bonduc, Fam. Caesalpiniaceae
Bushy shrub or scrambler with straight and recurved thorns on stems and leaf axis.
|Form or habit:||Shrub, climbing or twining plant|
Leaves bi-pinnate with three to eleven pairs of pinnae, each pinnae 6-10 pairs of oblong to obvate leaflets, 2-3.5 x 1-1.8cm, glaborus or hairy, prickly rachis.
|Flower description:||Yellow, auxillary or terminal racemes, flowers bisexual or male. April to July.|
|Fruit description:||Green to brown when mature, dehiscent prickly pods, 6x4cm, holding 1 or 2 blue-grey seeds. April to November.|
|Habitat:||Beach scrub, littoral rainforest.|
|Distribution||North and north east coast of Australia.|
|Food source for:||Host plant for the larval stage of the pale ciliated-blue and speckled line-blue butterflies and seeds eaten by flesh footed shearwater.|
|Toxicity:||No toxicity known|
|Information sources:||Melzer R. & Plumb J. (2007) Plants of Capricornia., Townsend K. & the Society for Growing Australian Plant Townsville Branch Inc. (1994) Across the Top: Gardening with Australian Plants in the tropics.|