Erythrina variegata is a showy, spreading tree legume
blossoms. Commonly known as the 'Indian coral tree' in Asia or
coral' in the Pacific, this highly valued ornamental has been
one of the gems of the floral world.
It is a medium to large tree, commonly reaching 15 to 20 m in height
in 20 to 25 years. It has an erect, spreading form,
typically with several vertically oriented branches emerging from
the lower stem.
The leaves aretrifoliate. The leaflets are commonly
variegated, medium to light green,heart shaped,
The trees are deciduous, typically losing their leaves before
flowering except under very humid conditions.
Brilliant orange-red flowers emerge in dense, cofiioal
inflorescences , usually after the leaves have dropped. Flowering is
normally followed by a lavish production of seed. The pods are thick
black , each contains 5 to 10
egg-shaped seeds. These are glossy brown, red or purple
The seeds can float on salt water for months,