Black Bean Castanospermum Australe Morten Bay Chestnut
Black Bean Castanospermum australe Tree ( Moreton Bay Chestnut ) is the only species in the genus Castanospermum. It is a flowering plant in the Fabaceae family which is native along the east coast of Australia. It can grow to around 20m. The Black Bean has a wide shady canopy that is ideal for parks, resorts and areas you wish to beautify. It flowers in spring/summer with long red and yellow pea-shaped flowers. The nectar produced by the flowers attracts birds and butterflies. The seeds that are produced hold 3 to 5 Seeds in a large seed pod. Be aware that the seeds are poisonous!!!
Habitat: Warm temperate to tropical, but can grow as far south as Melbourne in a sunny, position. It can adapt to different soil types but prefers moist, fertile, well-drained soils.
Uses: Black Bean also makes an ideal indoor plant. The Black Bean has also proved very valuable as a timber species which has been used for Joinery, turnery, carving, inlay work, walking sticks, umbrella sticks, gunstocks, knife handles, and vehicle and carriage building.
Approximate height: 20m
Minimum temperature tolerance: Tolerates some frost has been known to grow in Melbourne
Climate: Suited to subtropical climate
Light: Full sun to part shade
Soil: Prefers moist, fertile, well-drained soils.