Erythrina lysistemon Hutch.

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Erythrina lysistemon

Photo: Bart Wursten
Leopard Rock Game Reserve, Vumba

Erythrina lysistemon

Photo: Bart Wursten
Bunga Views, Vumba

Erythrina lysistemon

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near pool area, Camp Amalinda, Matobo

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Synonyms: Erythrina caffra auct.
Common names: Chinimpitipi (Shona) Common coral-tree (English) Lucky-bean tree (English) Murungu (Shona) Musindzana (Shona) Mutsodzo (Shona) Mutsoza (Shona) Sacred coral-tree (English)
Frequency: Common
Status: Native
Small to medium sized deciduous tree, which flowers before the new leaves arrive. Leaves 3-foliolate; leaflets ovate to heart-shaped with a distinctly tapering apex. Inflorescences usually held horizontal, bright scarlet. Fruit a slender pod, which is deeply constricted between the seeds. The seeds are bright orange-red with a black spot.
Derivation of specific name: lysistemon: "with a loose stamen"
Habitat: In Zimbabwe it occurs mainly on the fringes of woodland and in rocky submontane grassland at higher altitudes.
Altitude range: (metres) 500 - 1900 m
Flowering time:Jul - Oct
Worldwide distribution: Botswana, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, South Africa
Zimbabwe distribution: W,C,E,S
Growth form(s): Tree.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Elisabethiella comptoni (Food plant)
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Images last updated: Saturday 27 December 2014

Coates Palgrave, K. et al. (1956). Trees of Central Africa National Publications Trust, Salisbury. Pages 321 - 323. as Erythrina caffra (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.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 99.


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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 lysistemon., retrieved 27 May 2016

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