Tropicals forum: Erythrinas

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Name: Bob Watson
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BobW
Jul 9, 2014 9:58 AM CST
Who else grows Erythrinas? I'm in Indiana, but find them to be great in tubs over summer. I grow crista-galli, indica picta, x bidwillii, and humeana cv. Raja.

Right now, one of the crista-galli plants is in bloom. One summer I got a lot of seeds from one of my crista-gallis and I grew them just for fun. I think I kept them two years and then one fall was out of room. I was pitching them into the compost heap when I realized that one wasn't scratching me. It is almost completely without any thorns on the wood, and also, almost no prickles on the leaves or stems, either. It has a softer coral color than it's mother plant. Here's a picture of my thornless one......
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If I can find any pictures of my Raja in bloom, I'll post those later today.

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Name: Bob Watson
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Jul 9, 2014 12:04 PM CST
Here's a picture of Raja, blooming last fall. I think it's unusual that it blooms at the end of the season. I think most of the other erythrinas bloom early, many of them before they get foliage. Bob
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Jul 18, 2014 7:33 PM CST

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There's always something new to me in this forum. What great looking plants Bob.
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Jul 18, 2014 8:30 PM CST

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Hi, Bob, I have bidwillii. Planted it in the wrong spot and it attacks anyone who comes through our side gate. It dies back every winter, but manages to flop all over the walkway each spring. Used to be a tree before the last two freezes. I believe bidwillii is sterile. Hummingbirds are really attracted to it.

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Jul 19, 2014 7:08 AM CST
Those are beautiful! I might have to grow some if I can find the thornless one. I promised myself no more plants that hurt, after having a 4 foot cactus impale me when it fell.
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plantmanager
Jan 1, 2016 3:31 PM CST
Hello, I'm bringing back an older thread to see if any of you can ID this Eythrina for me. I took the photo on Kwajalein, in the Marshall Islands. I've been browsing pics and haven't found a bloom exactly like this one and don't want to make a mistake on the ID.

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Dutchlady1
Jan 5, 2016 5:06 AM CST
It looks like E. crista-galli to me, but maybe @BobW had better come and verify.
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plantmanager
Jan 5, 2016 12:02 PM CST
Thanks, Hetty. That name rings a bell, so I'm pretty sure that must be it. We had very few of them on the island, but they always put on a wonderful show.
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Jan 5, 2016 2:00 PM CST
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Name: Bob Watson
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BobW
Jan 6, 2016 12:57 PM CST
I am not (!) an Erythrina expert...I just grow a few in pots in Indiana. However, Erythrina crista-galli blooms after the new shoots grow in the spring and it's fully leafed out, so I don't think the one in the Marshall Islands is that one. Also, crista-galli opens blooms from nearer the base out to the tip of the shoot, unlike the one in the photo which displays blooms in clusters.

There are 130 species of Erythrina, so it's always a guess, but I think the most likely one is Erythrina variegata... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erythrina_variegata There is a picture of the blooms in the article. I think that species would be the most common on the Marshall Islands from what I've read. Hope that helps.
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Jan 6, 2016 1:07 PM CST
Thank you, Bob. I hope someone will be able to positively ID my photo and we can get it moved to the correct spot in the database.
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Jan 6, 2016 2:54 PM CST
Thank You!

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