Alice Springs Desert Park
Also known as the Bean Tree, the Batswing Coral Tree (Erythrina vespertilio) is found on all mainland states of Australia except Victoria, especially across northern Australia from semi-arid through to rainforest regions.
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.
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- Scientific classification
- Kingdom: Plantae
- Class: equisetopsida
- Family: Fabaceae
- Genus: Erythrina
- Species: E. verspertilio
- Binomial name: Erythrina vespertilio