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Cumberland Valley near Juliasdale
Photo: Bart Wursten
Cumberland Valley near Juliasdale.
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Erythrina gibbsae Baker f.
Broad-leaved coral-tree (English)
Lucky-bean tree (English)
Red-hot poker tree (English)
Description: 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.
Growth form(s): Tree.
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species:
Display spot characters for this species
Content last updated: Saturday 10 February 2007
Erythrina in Zambia Bingham, M.G. (2011). 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 Comments
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Other sources of information about Erythrina latissima: Our websites: Flora of Botswana
Erythrina latissima Flora of Mozambique
Erythrina latissima Flora of Zambia
Erythrina latissima External websites: African Plant Database
Erythrina latissima Biodiversity Explorer
(Biodiversity of southern Africa):
Erythrina latissima EOL
(Encyclopedia of Life):
Erythrina latissima ePIC
(electronic Plant Information Center):
Erythrina latissima Flora Zambesiaca
Erythrina latissima Google
(Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for
Erythrina latissima IPNI
(International Plant Names Index):
Erythrina latissima Ispot Southern Africa
Erythrina latissima JSTOR Plant Science
Erythrina latissima Kew Herbarium catalogue
Erythrina latissima Tropicos
Erythrina latissima West African Plants database
Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-15
Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M.
Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Erythrina latissima.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=131480, retrieved 3 July 2015
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