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Family: FABACEAE 

 Erythrina acanthocarpa
 


Photo from Specks.

 
Author:   Ernst Heinrich Friedrich Meyer, 1836
Family:  Fabaceae
Origin:  Eastern Cape of South Africa
Soil:  Rich Mix
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Medium - Maximum
Thickness:  25 Centimetres
Height:  100-200 Centimetres
Flower:  Red/Yellow/Green
Propagate:  Seeds/Cuttings
Names:  Tambookie Thorn, Coral Tree
Synonyms:  Might be*: Corallodendron acanthocarpum, Carl Ernst Otto Kuntze, 1891

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 meters height.

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.