Caesalpinia major (goolyi bush)
Goolyi bush is a scrambling climber, sharp hooked thorns allow it to climb high into surrounding Monsoon Vine Thicket vegetation. It has bright green pinnate leaves. Yellow flowers are followed by thorny pods opening to reveal marble sized, hard green seeds, a favourite decoration in the male bowerbird’s bower. It occurs in patches in coastal vine thickets on the Dampier Peninsula as well as NT and Qld. It extends from America and Madagascar, throug India all the way to New Guinnea. Aboriginal children used the beautiful green seeds to play marbles. Flowering occurs between November – March, fruiting Dec-June.