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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Images last updated: Saturday 10 February 2007

Bingham, M.G. (2011). Erythrina in Zambia Black Lechwe 18(1) Pages 19 - 20. (Includes a picture).

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, 2002-15

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2015). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Erythrina latissima., retrieved 29 August 2015

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