Queensland Black Bean

Latin name: Castanospermum australe
Common name: Queensland Black Bean
Plant group:
Green plants
Plant family:
Fabaceae
Minimal temperature: 10-15°C (50-59°F)
Optimal temperature: 26-28°C (78-82°F)
Recommended place:
mid-shade
Soil:
peat-loamy
Plant form:
tree-like, arboraceous
Height: 50 cm (19.5 in.)
Flower color:
Yellow-orange
Repotting: every 24 months (2 years)
Rarity: no
Diseases:
Pytium blight (Helminthosporium, Pythium, Fusarium)
Origin country:
Australia
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A medium-sized, evergreen tree with a very dense crown of dark green, glossy foliage. It occurs in rainforest in northern Queensland (Australia), from where it extends to New Caledonia and the new Hebrides. These trees are at their most attractive at flowering time with racemes of orange-red flowers (which are bird-pollinated), usually borne on the thick branches and thus partly hidden by the leaves. The pods are large, woody and cylindrical. The seeds are poisonous. The wood is one of Australia's most attractive cabinet timbers (known as Black Been or Moreton Bay Chestnut) and is highly prize for carved work, furniture, panelling, plywood and joinery. The species is occasionally used for street- side planting.