The Queensland Blackbean (also commonly know as Moreton Bay
Chestnut) can be seen growing in rainforests throughout Queensland
and northern NSW.
The very attractive wood ranges in shades of chocolate brown
with grey/brown streaks and is very sought after for workworking.
It has high electrical resistance and is often used in electrical
switchboards. The wood has a moderate blunting effect on cutting
The tree is generally straight grained but the texture is
rather coarse. It is quite difficult to dry and requires slow
air drying prior to kiln drying.
The tree produces clusters of red and yellow flowers in the
Spring and early Summer (September to December). The seed pods
contain the toxin Saponin. The Aborigines would pound the seeds
and hang them in bags in flowing water until they observed small
fish nibbling at the bags, at which point they knew that the
Saponin had been leached out and the seed pods were now a safe