Recent research into plants formerly included in Bauhinia (see Wunderlin, R.P. 2010. Reorganization of the Cercideae (Fabaceae: Caesalpinioideae). Phytoneuron 2010-48: 1-5.) has reorganized the species of Bauhinia into 9 genera. Although not universally accepted as yet (2011), we are following this new treatment because it has been taken up by several authorities including GRIN, Flora of North America[
] and African Flowering Plants[
Bauhinia cunninghamii (Benth.) Benth.
Bauhinia leichhardtii F.Muell.
Phanera cunninghamii Benth.
Common Name: Kimberley Bauhinia
Lysiphyllum cunninghamii is a deciduous shrub or a tree that can grow up to 12 metres tall[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and a medicine.
Lysiphyllum cunninghamii has a wide distribution across dry northern country in Australia, where it grows in a variety of situations. It is known to occur within protected areas across its range and there are no known identifiable threats to the species. The plant is classified as 'Least Concern' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2013)[
Australia - northern Western Australia, northern Northern Territory, northern Queensland
Flats in woodland or vine thicket and on river banks, growing in sand, loam, cracking clay, calcareous or granitic soils; at elevations up to 300 metres[
|Conservation Status||Least Concern
The plant grows in a variety of situations preferring heavy soils near seasonal watercourses[
The plant usually flowers before the leaves appear[
The tree responds wel to coppicing and can sprout again from the base if cut back by fire[
The nectar is used to make a sweet drink[
The roots and bark are antipyretic and antiseptic. They are used traditionally to treat headaches[
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