The flower by Martin Heigan
This member of the Fabaceae family was
given this name by Ernst Heinrich Friedrich Meyer in 1836. It is found in
the Eastern Cape; South Africa: Tambukiland. It will grow in most
kind of soils, but preferring a drained but rich mix with some water and
some to lots of sun. The swollen root can grow to 25
centimetres in diameter, the entire plant will reach from one to two
The genera name from Greek;
eryhros; 'red' for the mostly red flowers. The species name
originate from the Greek word: akanthos meaning 'thorn' and
karpos meaning fruit, in
reference to the spiny pods.
*) This little, beautiful bush
was cultivated in the 1800's, and the former Latin name have
remained, although Carl Ernst Otto Kuntze transferred it to another
genera in 1891: Corallodendron.