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Erythrina numerosa

The Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan - December

Common name Pine Mountain coral tree
Scientific name Erythrina numerosa A.R.Bean
Family  Fabaceae - Faboideae
Etymology

Genus: From Greek, erythros, red, referring to the red colour of some species' flowers.

Species: From Latin, numerosus, numerous, referring to the numerous seeds in the pod compared with Erythrina vespertilio.

Distribution Occurs in south-east Queensland and north-east New South Wales.
Native habitat On margins of dry rainforest.
Description

Tree to 20 m high.

Flowering/fruiting Flowers in summer.

Location in Garden

Bed 13 at the top of the Connections Garden.

 

A decorative tree with pale orange flowers which form after the tree has dropped its leaves making them stand out against the summer sky. They are extremely attractive to birds and our tree is being visited by Rainbow Lorikeets, Little Wattlebirds and other honeyeaters - can you see the lorikeet in the photo?

Although not common in horticulture, this species is well worth tracking down if you have a large, sunny garden with well-drained soils.

 

 

 

Erythrina numerosa, image by Tracey Armstrong

Erythrina numerosa, image by Tracey Armstrong

Erythrina numerosa, image by Tracey Armstrong

Erythrina numerosa, image by Tracey Armstrong