Lysiphyllum hookeri (Fabaceae)

Lysiphyllum hookeri

This attractive small tree is found in a very special kind of rain forest called dry rain forest, or more often refered ti as vine thickets in this part of the world. These rain forest types can appear rather dry. I found Lysiphyllum hookeri around the rock outcrops in Chillagoe, a very unique place for botanizing.

The species, like a number of related Lysiphyllum, all have interesting bi-lobed leaves, that might be thought of as resembling the wings of a butterfly. The species is also grown as an ornamental in some places in Cairns,and although it is not as magnificent as the related Butterfly Trees (Bauhinia spp.), it certainly has it’s charm.

The flowers are of the Caesalpinia type. More on this when I get some flower shots.

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About David Tng

I am David Tng, a hedonistic botanizer who pursues plants with a fervour. I chase the opportunity to delve into various aspects of the study of plants. I have spent untold hours staring at mosses and allied plants, taking picture of pollen, culturing orchids in clean cabinets, counting tree rings, monitoring plant flowering times, etc. I am currently engrossed in the study of plant ecology (a grand excuse to see 'anything I can). Sometimes I think of myself as a shadow taxonomist, a sentimental ecologist, and a spiritual environmentalist - but at the very root of it all, a "plant whisperer"!
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