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*Erythrina speciosa Andrews, Bot. Repos. 7: t. 443 (1807); the epithet means showy, referring to the flowers.

T: not designated.

Illustrations: B.A.Krukoff, Amer. J. Bot. 28: 684, t. 1, fig. 5a–b (1941); B.A.Krukoff & R.C.Barneby, Lloydia 37: 360 (1974); E.A.Menninger, Fl. Trees World t. 277 (1962).

Shrubs or small trees to c. 4 m tall. Terminal leaflet broadly ovate to rhombic-trullate, (12–) 15–22 cm long, often slightly broader than long, rounded-truncate at base, densely pubescent when young, glabrescent above, with occasional small thorns on midrib and main veins below; stipules caducous; stipels conoid, c. 1 mm long, glandular. Inflorescence axillary, subterminal, 15–30 cm long, many-flowered, densely pubescent. Calyx campanulate, 1–1.5 cm long, with a short spur below, becoming glabrous. Petals bright crimson; standard narrowly elliptic, 5–7 cm long, not reflexed; wings 0.5–1 cm long; keel linear, 3–4 cm long. Pods 15–30 cm long, not or only slightly constricted between seeds. Seeds ellipsoidal, c. 1 cm long, red. 

Norfolk Is. A native of south-eastern Brazil, locally naturalised as an escape from cultivation. 

N.Is.: Melanesian Mission area, above Mission Pool, R.O.Gardner 6151 (AK, K); swamp near the Melanesian Mission, W.R.Sykes NI 481 (CHR).

 

Data derived from Flora of Australia Volume 49 (1994), a product of ABRS, ©Commonwealth of Australia