Erythrostemon gilliesii Klotzsch

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Synonyms: Caesalpinia gilliesii (Hook.) Benth.
Poinciana gilliesii (Hook.) Hook.
Common names: Bird of paradise (English)
Description: Shrub, 1-4 m tall. Leaves: pinnae 7-15 on each side of the rhachis. Leaflets 7-10 per pinna; 2-8 ×1-2.5 mm, oblong-elliptic, usually with black gland dots within the margins. Inflorescence densely covered with stalked, peltate, blackish or brown glands. Petals 23-32 mm, yellow. Stamens 5-10.5 cm long, much exceeding the petals; filaments bright red.
Derivation of specific name: gilliesii: after John Wynn Gillespie, 1901-1932, American plant collector.
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Worldwide distribution: South America from Chile to Uruguay.
Growth form(s): Tree.
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Brummitt, R.K., Chikuni, A.C., Lock, J.M. & Polhill, R.M. (2007). Leguminosae Subfamily Caesalpinioideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(2) Pages 187 - 188. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 62. as Caesalpinia gilliesii

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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: Species information: Erythrostemon gilliesii., retrieved 17 June 2024

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