3870.000 Erythrina L. - Lucky-bean trees

Bingham, M.G. (2011) Erythrina in Zambia Black Lechwe 18(1) 19-21

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

Description of the genus

Deciduous trees or shrubs (in ours); bark usually corky and often armed with prickles borne on woody bosses. Leaves pinnately 3-foliolate, often prickly. Inflorescences usually terminal, bearing flowers in fascicles. Flowers large, and showy, scarlet or crimson (less often orange) with the standard larger than the other petals. Pod constricted between the seeds, dehiscent. Seeds red or orange, often bicoloured; hilum black or white.

Derivation of name: Greek meaning 'possessing red'

Worldwide: c.110 species occurring in warm areas of the world

Zimbabwe: 6 cultivated taxa.

Erythrina crista-galli

Links to cultivated taxa    View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this genus

abyssinica Lam. ex DC.Description, Image
crista-galli L.Description, Image
falcata Benth.Image
humeana Spreng.Description, Image
lysistemon Hutch.Description, Image
zeyheri Harv.

Other sources of information about Erythrina:

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Flora of Botswana: Erythrina
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Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Erythrina
Flora of Malawi: Erythrina
Flora of Mozambique: Erythrina
Flora of Mozambique: cultivated Erythrina
Flora of Zambia: Erythrina
Flora of Zimbabwe: Erythrina

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Erythrina
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Erythrina
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Erythrina
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Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Erythrina
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Erythrina
JSTOR Plant Science: Erythrina
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Erythrina
Plants of the World Online: Erythrina
Tropicos: Erythrina
Wikipedia: Erythrina

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated plants: genus page: Erythrina.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/genus.php?genus_id=765, retrieved 28 May 2024

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