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)
Status: Native
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.
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:
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Images last updated: Saturday 10 February 2007

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 305. (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)

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Flora of Malawi: Erythrina livingstoniana
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Flora of Zambia: Erythrina livingstoniana

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

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: Species information: Erythrina livingstoniana., retrieved 27 May 2019

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