Found in both inland and coastal areas of northern Australia, often beside creek lines and watercourses. This tree gets its common name from the very distinctive two lobed leaf shape, resembling a bat in flight. The leaves can also contain three lobes (trifoliate). The trunk has greyish or yellowish corky bark with scattered thorns. Clusters of bright orange-red flowers in the dry season are followed by brown bean like pods containing bright orange or red been seeds. In dry locations this tree may drop all but a few of its leaves.
The seeds and the bark of the tree . . .