Common Coral Tree

Gewone koraalboom – Erythrina lysistemon

  • Bright red colour of the blooms is an indicator of pollination by birds which are attracted by the colours toward this end of the spectrum
  • Leaves appear well after flowering
  • Lucky bean seeds
  • Mammals make little use of it due to the toxic properties of the seeds and leaves
  • Meyers parrots, however, are very partial to the green seeds and they also pick the flowers and suck out the nectar with great skill
  • Sunbirds and several other birds also use the nectar
  • Timber is very soft and light, therefore good nesting sites for birds such as woodpeckers and barbets
  • Research shows that the seeds contain, in addition to poisonous alkaloids, a protein with a blood clot solvent which could have significance in the treatment of thrombosis.
Overview

Overview

This Province is in the Savannah Biome, an area of mixed grassland and trees, which is generally...

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