Bat’s Wing Coral Tree, Bean Tree
Form and Size: A small, straggly tree, 6-10m high, with thorns on trunk and branches; deciduous.
Distribution: All mainland states except Vic.; widespread from arid areas to rainforest margins.
Leaves: Bifoliolate or trifoliolate, 10-15cm long; leaflets broadly wedge-shaped or 3-lobed, resembling a
bat’s open wings, 7- 12cm x 5-12cm; terminal leaflet if present is usually longer and narrower than the others.
Bark: Grey, furrowed, corky.
Flowers: Pea-flowers, scarlet to orange-red, 3-4cm long; borne in terminal racemes 5-25cm long.
Flowering Period: August to November.
Fruit: Pods, 6-l2cm x 1.5-1.8cm, constricted between the seeds; seeds 2-8, orange or yellow, about 1.2cm
Cultivation/Notes: Propagate from scarified seed or cuttings. Young trees may be transplanted while
leafless. Flowering usually takes place before new leaves appear. May be grown in a wide range of soils as long as
drainage is good, and it is an open, sunny position. A very hardy plant when established.