Common name: Pine Mountain Coral Tree
Erythrina numerosa A.R.Bean APNI*
Synonyms: Erythrina sp. 'Croftby' APNI*
Erythrina sp. 'Croftby' (Forster 6209) APNI*
Description: Tree 5–20 m high; bark on trunk branches and branchlets smooth with conical corky outgrowths surmounted by stout prickles, glabrous except for apical section of branchlets.
Leaves 3-foliolate; leaflets broad-triangular and ± 3-lobed; terminal leaflet 6–9.5 cm long, 7.8–11.3 cm wide, covered with minute stellate hairs when immature, glabrescent; petiole 4.5–12 cm long; lateral petiolules 0.35–0.7 cm long.
Inflorescence 14–46 cm long, erect, 15–60-flowered; flowers pendulous. Calyx 17–25 mm long. Corolla salmon to orange; standard oblong, 39–54 mm long.
Pod linear, strongly falcate, 13–24 cm long; seeds 5–11, ellipsoidal, 9–13 mm long, orange to red.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows on margins of dry rainforest, north from Grafton area; sometimes cultivated.
NSW subdivisions: NC
Other Australian states: Qld
Text by P.H. Weston
Taxon concept: Bean, A.R. (2008) A taxonomic revision of Erythrina L. (Fabaceae: Faboideae) in Australia. Austrobaileya 7(4): 641-658.
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