Erythrina livingstoniana Baker

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Erythrina livingstoniana

Photo: Darrel Plowes
Chibunje, Musikavanhu CL, Save Valley

Erythrina livingstoniana

Photo: Darrel Plowes
Chibunje, Musikavanhu CL, Save Valley

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Synonyms: Erythrina tomentosa R. Br. ex A. Rich.
Common names: Aloe coral-tree (English)
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Medium to large tree. Bark conspicuously reddish-brown, fissured, set with hard thorny knobs; branches very spiny. Leaves 3-foliolate with leaflets almost as broad as long, more or less 3-lobed; terminal lobe triangular; sidelobes almost square. Flowers in very striking terminal racemes, resembling the inflorescences of Aloe spp., scarlet-red. Fruit a cylindric, woody pod, strongly constricted between the seeds. Seeds bright red with a white spot. The flowers of this species are larger and more spectacular than any other Erythrina species in the region.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: livingstoniana: named after the legendary Scottish explorer David Livingstone (1813-1873)
Habitat: Among rocks in hot dry areas.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 800 m
Flowering time:Jan - Feb
Worldwide distribution: Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,E,S
Growth form(s): Tree.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
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Images last updated: Saturday 10 February 2007
Literature:

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.

Mackinder, B. et al. (2001). Papilionoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(5)


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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 livingstoniana.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=131490, retrieved 30 May 2016

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