Erythrina latissima E. Mey.

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Erythrina latissima

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cumberland Valley near Juliasdale

Erythrina latissima

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cumberland Valley near Juliasdale.

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Synonyms: Erythrina gibbsae Baker f.
Common names: Broad-leaved coral-tree (English) Lucky-bean tree (English) Munhimbiti (Shona) Mutete (Shona) Mutiti (Shona) Mutsiti (Shona) Red-hot poker tree (English) Umgqogqogqo (Ndebele)
Frequency: Frequent
Status: Native
Small to medium sized tree with a thick, deeply fissured corky bark. Leaves 3-foliolate, large, broadly ovate; the central leaflet at least as broad as long, much larger than lateral leaflets, hairy when young and occasionally with a few scattered prickles on the under surface. Flowers in spectacular terminal heads, crimson to brown-red; calyx densely velvety. Fruit a strong, woody pod, constricted between the seeds, almost black when ripe.
Notes: This species closely resembles Erythrina abyssinica but has much larger leaves, flowers and pods. The inflorescences tend to be darker red than in E. abyssinica.
Derivation of specific name: latissima: very broad, referring to the leaves
Habitat: In a wide variety of wooded habitats.
Altitude range: (metres) 1000 - 1710 m
Flowering time:Jul - Oct
Worldwide distribution: Botswana, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Swaziland and eastern South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s): Tree.
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Bingham, M.G. (2011). Erythrina in Zambia Black Lechwe 18(1) Pages 19 - 20. (Includes a picture).

Drummond, R.B. (1972). A list of Rhodesian Legumes. Kirkia 8(2) Page 220.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 247.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 66.

Steedman, E.C. (1933). Some Trees, Shrubs and Lianes of Southern Rhodesia. Page 24. Erroneously as Erythrina tomentosa


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West African Plants database: Erythrina latissima

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Erythrina latissima., retrieved 24 May 2016

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