Batswing Coral Tree
Other names: Bean Tree
The term vespertilio meaning bat, which makes reference to the ‘bat
shaped leaves’ found on this straggly tree.
Growing anywhere between 6 to 12
metres in height, this deciduous tree has a smooth corky grey-brown bark and
thorns appearing on the trunk and branches.
Its habitat includes open forest
and woodland, shrubland, rocky gorges, and arid regions of Central Australia.
Also known as the Sturt Bean Tree, this is said to be one of Miss Pink's
favourite plants, as she planted over 30 of these trees from seed she had
collected from Aileron Station in the 1960s. In her diary notes she recorded
names of various dignitaries against the individual trees. Although not suited
to our cold winters, as this species is very frost sensitve, at least two of
these named trees still survive in the garden today.