Erythrina lysistemon Hutch.

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Erythrina lysistemon

Photo: Bart Wursten
Road to Nhancuco, lower slopes Mt Gorongosa

Erythrina lysistemon

Photo: Bart Wursten
Road to Nhancuco, lower slopes Mt Gorongosa

Erythrina lysistemon

Photo: Bart Wursten
Morumbodze Falls, lower slopes Mt Gorongosa.

Erythrina lysistemon

Photo: Bart Wursten
Morumbodze Falls, lower slopes Mt Gorongosa.

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Synonyms: Erythrina caffra auct.
Common names: Common coral-tree (English) Lucky-bean tree (English) Sacred coral-tree (English)
Status: Native
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"
Habitat: Mainly on the fringes of woodland and in rocky submontane grassland at higher altitudes.
Altitude range: 500 - 1900 m
Flowering time:Jul - Oct
Worldwide distribution: Botswana, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Eswatini, South Africa
Mozambique distribution: N,Z,MS,M
Growth form(s): Tree.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Elisabethiella comptoni (Food plant)
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Content last updated: Tuesday 17 August 2021

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Coates Palgrave, K. et al. (1956). Trees of Central Africa National Publications Trust, Salisbury. Pages 321 - 323. as Erythrina caffra (Includes a picture).

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Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 48.

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 Zimbabwe: Erythrina lysistemon
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Erythrina lysistemon

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Erythrina lysistemon
African Plant Database: Erythrina lysistemon
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Erythrina lysistemon
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Wikipedia: Erythrina lysistemon

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Erythrina lysistemon., retrieved 1 October 2023

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