One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A large tree with red and yellow flowers and decorative timber, native to Queensland, Australia. Its heavy pods contain large poisonous seeds.
Castanospermum australe, family LeguminosaeAlso called black bean
- ‘Edible varieties of beans and peas include Moreton Bay chestnuts and matchbox bean.’
- ‘An unusual and rare tree was planted on the west side of the new garden called a Moreton Bay Chestnut’
- ‘One current path of research involves an Australian rain forest tree, the Moreton Bay chestnut.’
Mid 19th century: so named because the tree was first found near Moreton Bay, Queensland.
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