The Bat’s Wing Coral Tree (Erythrina vespertilio) gets its name from the shape of its leaves. The term vespertilio meaning bat, 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 arid regions. Found throughout the state of Queensland up to Cape York, down to the far northern part of NSW, far northern part of Western Australia and Northern Territory, and the arid heart of Central Australia.

Common name
Bat’s Wing Coral Tree, Bean Tree, Sturt Bean Tree, Grey Corkwood.


  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Plantae
  • Phylum: Charophyta
  • Class: Equisetopsida
  • Subclass: Magnoliidae
  • Superorder: Rosanae
  • Order: Fabales
  • Family: Fabaceae
  • Genus: Erythrina
  • Species: E. verspertilio
  • Binomial name: Erythrina vespertilio