Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


2441

Shrub, Forb
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Uncommon (rare in NC)

Look for it in maritime forests, dry sandy woodlands, sandhills in the outer Coastal Plain, per Weakley's Flora

map
To see a detailed map, click here

 

LEAVES:
Deciduous
Pinnately compound: 3 leaflets
Alternate

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
Red
Bilaterally symmetrical
2-lipped campanulate calyx
5-parted corolla, papilionaceous? but standard folded, flower appearing tubular
10 stamens, diadelphous, 9 and 1
Superior ovary

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Legume

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Fabids: Fabales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (5/21/15):
Erythrina herbacea   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Erythrina herbacea   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 098-40-001:
Erythrina herbacea   FAMILY Fabaceae

GREATER THAN Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Erythrina herbacea

GREATER THAN Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Erythrina arborea

 

COMMON NAME:
Coral Bean, Cardinal-spear