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Fruit. Copyright CSIRO
10th leaf stage. Copyright CSIRO
Cotyledon stage, epigeal germination. Copyright CSIRO
Erythrina variegata L.
Linnaeus, C. von (1754) Herbarium Amboinense: 10. Type: Herb Amboin..
Erythrina indica var. phlebocarpa (Bailey) Domin, Bibliotheca Botanica 89(3): 776(1926), Type: ?. Erythrina phlebocarpa F.M.Bailey, Queensland Agricultural Journal 1(5): 368(1897), Type: Newcastle Bay, Cape York Peninsula, Frank L. Jardine.
Bat's Wing Cork Tree; Coral Tree
Deciduous; leafless for a period between July and October. A tree with conical prickles on the trunk and/or the branches. Blaze odour resembling that of fresh green beans (Phaseolus vulgaris) or peas (Pisum sativum).
Cotyledons thick and fleshy, about 20 mm long, without venation. First pair of true leaves cordate. At the tenth leaf stage: leaflet blades +/- cordate; a single gland at the apex of the petiole and similar glands near the point of attachment of the middle leaflet; petiole without spines; stipules linear, about 5 mm long, hairy; stem armed with numerous thorns.
Distribution and Ecology
Occurs in NT, CYP and NEQ at low elevations close to sea level. Grows in beach forest on both sand dunes and rocky shorelines. Also occurs in Africa, the Indian Ocean islands, Asia, Malesia and the Pacific islands.