Erythrina crista-galli

COMMON NAME

Cockspur coral tree or coral tree

TYPE

Tree

FAMILY

Fabaceae

NOTES

A small tree to 16–26 ft with hooked spiny new branches that often develop gnarled trunks with age. Crimson flowers begin to appear in early spring. Up to two additional bloom periods may occur over the period of summer to early fall depending on growing environment. Genus name comes from the Greek word erythros meaning red. A reference to the color of the flower. Specific epithet means cock's comb in reference to the flowers resembling the comb of a rooster.

GEOGRAPHIC REGION

Argentina, Uruguay, southern Brazil and Paraguay

NATIVE HABITAT

Swampy or very wet soils in grassland and fields, often bordering rivers and estuaries. It is more likely to be found in open areas, often of secondary forest growth, and only rarely in denser forests.

WEB SOURCES

wikipedia.org

missouribotanicalgarden.org

tropical.theferns.info



Erythrina crista-galli