Erythrina vespertilio

Batwing Coral tree, featuring large orange pea flowers, broad pods with large brown seeds.

Erythrina vespertilio2 Erythrina vespertilio

Erythrina vespertilio

Erythrina vespertilio

 

The wood is soft and easily carved:

Erythrina vespertilio – Some Magnetic Island Plants

  • Erythrina vespertilio Benth. 1848. … Erythrina comes from the Greek ερυθρος … Early settlers often used the wood as brake blocks on carts and wagons, …

    […] The soft timber was highly regarded by the Aborigines, and they used it for carrying vessels and shields. The timber was also used as a base for fire-lighting by friction. Early settlers often used the wood as brake blocks on carts and wagons, as well as for floats for fishing nets, and for polo balls. A tea made from the dried leaves is a sedative. The very hard orange seeds have long been used in making jewellery.

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About Tom Harley

Amateur ecologist and horticulturalist and CEO of Kimberley Environmental Horticulture Inc. (Tom Harley)
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