Canavalia ensiformis (L.) DC. Jack Bean
Prodr. 2:404 (1825)

Conservation Code: Not threatened
Naturalised Status: Alien to Western Australia
Name Status: Current

Brief Description
Amanda Spooner, Saturday 11 June 2005

Spreading or creeping shrub, to 1 m high, 10 m across. Fl. purple-pink, Jul. Sand. Levee.


Beard’s Provinces: Northern Province.

IBRA Regions: Central Kimberley.

IBRA Subregions: Pentecost.

Local Government Areas (LGAs): Wyndham-East Kimberley.

Scientific Description
C. Hollister and K.R. Thiele, Friday 4 December 2020

Twining or climbing plants. Stems terete, not spiny, hairy; pustules or glands absent. Leaves or phylloclades clearly present, compound, alternate, not continuous with stem, glabrous, flat with flat margins; margins entire; tubercles absent, pinnately arranged, terminal leaflet present, stalked; pustules or glands absent. Stipules present but early deciduous ( only visible on youngest leaves ). Pedicel present, 1-2 mm long, hairy. Bracteoles present but early deciduous. Calyx 8-9.5 mm long, not accrescent, hairy, with simple hairs, ribless; pustules or glands absent. Corolla multicoloured, mostly pink or purple, with some pink or purple spots, streaks or blotches. Stamens ten, at two different levels (filaments alternately long and short); filaments united in an open sheath with one free stamen. Fruit dehiscent (a pod or follicle), 200-220 mm long, 15-20 mm wide, stipitate or sessile or subsessile, constricted between the seeds or not constricted between the seeds, flat or compressed, glabrous, not beaked. Flowers in July. Occurs in the Northern Botanical Province, in the Central Kimberley IBRA regions.