In The Garden: Tropical tree ID requested

Discussion in 'Plants: Identification' started by robertjames, Aug 13, 2013.

  1. robertjames

    robertjames New Member

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    I am a new member and would like some help identifying this tree (see attachment).
    Leaves are the size of three fingers. Curious red flower with parrot's beak. Produces 3-5 small marble sized brown seeds in a pod. Found in old neighborhood in Houston TX. Will try to attach picture. The tree was recently cut down for new home construction and I have some cuttings from the remaining trunk. Thanks.

    hmmm...manage attachments will only let me upload a single attachment. i have additional pics.
     

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  2. Michael F

    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Erythrina.
     
  3. robertjames

    robertjames New Member

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    Thanks Michael F. for quick reply.

    I had never seen this tree before but apparently common in Houston area and available at several nurseries. Also known as Fireman's Cap, Cockspur Coral, Ceibo tree. I read that the seeds and leaves are quite poisonous. May be an issue for pets or small children. I think this specimen is Erythrina Crista-Galli based on internet pictures.

    Again thanks for quick response.
     
  4. Tony Rodd

    Tony Rodd Active Member

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    This is Erythrina crista-galli, a subtropical South American species.
     
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    its one of the more temperate climate tolerant Erythrina species...
     

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