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Family: FABACEAE 

 Erythrina latissima
 
 
Author:   Ernst Heinrich Friedrich Meyer, 1836
Family:  Fabaceae
Origin:  Botswana, Mozambique, Eastern South Africa, Zimbabwe
Soil:  Rich Mix
Water:  Medium-Maximum
Sun:  Maximum
Thickness:  30 Centimetres
Height:  5-8 Meters
Flower:  Red
Propagate:  Seeds/Cuttings
Names:  Broad-Leaved Coral Tree
Synonyms:  Chirocalyx mollissimus Meisn. 1843. Erythrina sandersoni Harv. 1860. Corallodendron latissimum (E. Mey.) Kuntze, 1891. Erythrina gibbsae Baker f. 1929

Photo by PalmBob.


Photo by PalmBob.

   This member of the Fabaceae family was given this name by Ernst Heinrich Friedrich Meyer in 1836. It is found in Botswana, Mozambique, eastern South Africa and eastern Zimbabwe, growing in a rather rich but still well drained soil with some to lots of water and lots of sun. It does not form a classic nice caudex, but young plants have have. The mature tree can reach five or even eight metres. The flowers are bright red.

The genera name from Greek; eryhros; 'red' for the mostly red flowers. The species name means 'very wide' for the leaves.