Meaning of Moreton Bay chestnut in English:

Moreton Bay chestnut


  • A large tree with red and yellow flowers and decorative timber, native to Queensland, Australia. Its heavy pods contain large poisonous seeds.

    Also called black bean

    Castanospermum australe, family Leguminosae

    ‘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.