Nicker Nut (species: Caesalpinia bonduc) in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Caesalpinia bonduc
Nicker Nut

©Anne Hoggett: Large bipinnate leaves of Caesalpinia bonduc at Lizard Island.

©Anne Hoggett: Thorns on a dried stem of Caesalpinia bonduc at Lizard Island.

©Anne Hoggett: Fruits of Caesalpinia bonduc at Lizard Island.
Kingdom Plantae
Division Tracheophyta
Class Magnoliopsida
Order Fabales
Family Fabaceae
Genus Caesalpinia
Species Caesalpinia bonduc



Distinguishing features

A straggly shrub with large bipinnate leaves and many strong thorns on the stems. Fruit distinctive as in photograph, changing from green to brown with ripeness. Usually two large grey seeds per fruit.


  • Size data has not been obtained.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Web resources


  • Byrnes, N.B., S.L. Everist, S.T. Reynolds, A. Specht and R.L. Specht (1977). The vegetation of Lizard Island, North Queensland, Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland, 88: 1-15. LIRS catalog number 3.
  • De Sloover, J.R. and A.-L. Jacquemart (2008). Nymph Island (Great Barrier Reef, Qld., Australia): Flora and vegetation of a low wooded island, Scripta Botanica Belgica, 43: 1-88. LIRS catalog number 1210.
  • De Sloover, J.R. and S. LiĆ©geois (1997). Eagle Island, flora and vegetation (Queensland, Australia), Bull. Jard. Bot. Nat. Belg./ Bull. Nat. Plantentuin Belg., 66: 347-383. LIRS catalog number 526.