Caesalpinia bonduc, Fam. Caesalpiniaceae
Bushy shrub or scrambler with straight and recurved thorns on stems and leaf axis.
|Form or habit:||Shrub or small tree,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:||Auxillary or terminal racemes, flowers bisexual or male, flowering period from April to July.|
|Fruit colour:||Green to brown when mature|
|Fruit description:||6x4cm dehiscent prickly pods, holding one or 2 blue-grey seeds from April to November.|
|Habitat:||Beach Scrub/Littoral Rainforest|
|Distribution||North and North East coast 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.,Society for Growing Australian Plant Townsville Branch Inc. (1994) Across the Top Gardening with Australian Plants in the tropics.|