Archidendron hirsutum (Fabaceae)

Archidendron hirsutum DSC_0312

Well, as the name suggests, it’s quite hairy. All parts of the leaves and leaflet undersides are brown hairy.

This species is an endemic of the Cape York Peninsular. Thus the common name Cape Laceflower.

I haven’t had the pleasure to see it in the wild yet, but fortunately, this small tree has great ornamental potential and is grown around Cairns.

Archidendron hirsutum

The curved seed pods are eye-catiching, as with most other Archidendrons in the region. Bright orange with contrasting shiny black seeds – a great way to trick birds into swallowing some seeds without a proper reward.

Archidendron hirsutum

Archidendron hirsutum

Archidendron hirsutum

To known where the leaf starts, look for the puny stipule. The little knob on top is a bud.


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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