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

Erythrina lysistemon

Photo: Mark Hyde
Halfway up Hill Complex on Ancient Path, Great Zimbabwe

Erythrina lysistemon

Photo: Mark Hyde
Halfway up Hill Complex on Ancient Path, Great Zimbabwe

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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)
Description: 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"
Flowering time:Jul - Oct
Worldwide distribution: Botswana, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, South Africa
Growth form(s): Tree.
Insects associated with this species: Elisabethiella comptoni (Food plant)
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Image last updated: Saturday 27 December 2014

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 306. (Includes a picture).

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.

Mackinder, B. et al. (2001). Papilionoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(5) Pages 10 - 11.

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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Flora of Botswana: Erythrina lysistemon
Flora of Malawi: Erythrina lysistemon
Flora of Mozambique: Erythrina lysistemon
Flora of Zimbabwe: Erythrina lysistemon

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Erythrina lysistemon
African Plant Database: Erythrina lysistemon
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Erythrina lysistemon
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Erythrina lysistemon
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Erythrina lysistemon
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Erythrina lysistemon
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Erythrina lysistemon
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Erythrina lysistemon
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Erythrina lysistemon
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Erythrina lysistemon
Ispot Southern Africa: Erythrina lysistemon
JSTOR Plant Science: Erythrina lysistemon
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Erythrina lysistemon
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Erythrina lysistemon
The Plant List (version 1.1): Erythrina lysistemon
Tropicos: Erythrina lysistemon

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated Plants: Species information: Erythrina lysistemon., retrieved 19 July 2019

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