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 Erythrina lysistemon

Photo by Mick the Cactus.

Author:   John Hutchinson, 1933
Family:  Fabaceae
Origin:  Angola, Botswana, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania
Soil:  Mix
Water:  Medium - Maximum
Sun:  Medium - Maximum
Thickness:  40 Centimetres
Height:  12 Metres
Flower:  Scarlet
Propagate:  Seeds
Names:  Coral Tree, Common Coral Tree, Lucky Bean Tree
Synonyms:  Might be: Erythrina caffra var. mossambicensis, Edmund Gilbert Baker, 1938

Photo by Mick the Cactus.
   This member of the Fabaceae family was given this name by John Hutchinson in 1933. It is found in Angola, Botswana, South Africa, Swaziland and Tanzania, growing in a well drained soil with some to lots of water and some to lots of sun. The caudex can grow into a 40 centimetres in diameter stem, the entire plant to 12 metres in height. The flowers are scarlet, the beans black and red.

The genera name from Greek; eryhros; 'red' for the mostly red flowers. The species name means 'loose-stamened'.