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.