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