The Black Bean Tree

Since I posted a bit about Black Beans and their pods, a few people have asked about this wonderful Australian tree.

Black Bean Castanospermum Australe is a walnut-like hardwood timber. It is a timber that ranks among the most hard-wearing with uses in furniture and in general wood turned products, walking sticks, bowls etc

The Black Bean Tree is mainly a rainforest species and where I am is on the southern most limit where the tree could be found. The tree can grow from around eight meters to twenty meters. In some rainforest conditions it has been found to be almost forty meters in height.

The one in my garden will probably get to around ten to fifteen meters.
black bean story_tree_named_home_august 2018

This year was good year for the pods. So many scattered around the ground. Luckily I don’t have livestock as the beans can be poisonous to stock.black bean story_pods_ground_named_home_august 2018

The large leaves hang from single stems. As it is very dry at the moment, the leaves are hanging down a bit more than normal.
black bean story_leavest_named_home_august 2018

Here is an assortment of pods and beans. the pods can have between two and four beans.
black bean story_assortment_named_home_august 2018

The pods fell from the tree a few months ago, so they are a bit weathered and twisted. I found one that hadn’t opened.
black bean story_pod_shape_named_home_august 2018

The inside of the pods look quite comfy for a bean to sit and wait to ripen.
black bean story_pod_inside_named_home_august 2018

In the post about the Black Bean pods I did under estimate their size. This was the biggest pod I could find that wasn’t damaged. Imagine this pod dropping from the tree. On the street Black Bean Trees in town is a warning that pods can drop so don’t park under them when it’s pod dropping season.
black bean story_pod_length_named_home_august 2018

This bean weighed in at 39grams. I tried to look for a bigger one that wasn’r squashed. Most beans are around this size.
black bean story_bean_weigh_named_home_august 2018

A large four bean pod weighs in at 123 grams.
black bean story_pod_weigh_named_home_august 2018

Black Bean pods hanging from a tree
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The flowers grow directly from the branch. So lovely in their yellow and orange/red hues
black bean tree flowers_home_named_dec 2014

Thank you to those who asked for a bit more information about the Black Bean Tree that is in my garden.

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