Common name: Coral Tree
Erythrina x sykesii Barneby & Krukoff APNI*
Description: Deciduous tree to 15 m high, prickles on trunk and branches black, glabrous.
Leaves 3-foliolate; leaflets triangular to rhombic or obovate, 7–20 cm long, 7–12 cm wide, glabrous; petiole 70–150 mm long; lateral petiolules 5–10 mm long, terminal petiolule 3–7 cm long.
Racemes usually 8–30 cm long, erect, c. 30-flowered. Calyx 11–15 mm long, tube sometimes split. Corolla scarlet; standard ovate, 3–5 cm long, recurved; wings c. 1.5 cm long; keel 2–3 cm long.
Fruit not set.
Flowering: Flowers most year but chiefly winter to early spring.
Distribution and occurrence: Commonly cultivated, often near old habitations, rarely fully naturalized; propagates vegetatively, readily grows from cuttings, broken branchlets and old stumps.
NSW subdivisions: *NC, *CC, *SC, *LHI
Other Australian states: *Qld
This hybrid probably originated in New Zealand from species introduced to that country.
Text by G.J. Harden
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 2 (1991)
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