Bead Tree

Also known as:
Saga Seed Tree, Red Sandalwood Tree, Coral Bean Tree
SE Asia, India, Sri Lanka

General description

Medium sized tree (<15m), dark brown-grey bark, multiple stems common. Dull- blue green bipinnate leaves,<6 opposite pairs of pinnae, each having 8-21 alternate leaflets on short stalks. Small, creamy-yellow fragrant flowers in narrow spike-like racemes, (12-15 cm) at branch ends. Long, narrow, curved seed pods curl when split. Hard scarlet-red seeds.

Coastal, both disturbed and intact forests.

Birds, gravity, soil movement, water.

It is not recorded as naturalised or common in New Zealand. Information from other countries, where it is naturalised, suggests that it may be invasive. As a legume it is regarded as a potential threat because of its ability to to fix nitrogen and affect soil fertility, form persistent seed banks, and produce large quantities of bird dispersed seed.

Site management

Recommended approaches

This species is included because it is one of the species to be researched in the 2007-2012 Auckland Regional Pest Management Strategy.

Caution: when using any herbicide or pesticide PLEASE READ THE LABEL THOROUGHLY to ensure that all instructions and safety requirements are followed.

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RPMS status

Species to be researched (not a Pest Plant) - Whole Region
bead tree - Main species image