04/06/2013 ASP 38 : Attachments (1).  2 posts by 2 authors.

Can you please ID this medium sized tree with orange flowers. Photo was taken in the central district in Sri Lanka in March 2012.

Erythrina subumbrans



Pls help ID Flowering tree from Coorg Garden : AS-09MAR2012: Tall tree 45  ft or more in height, planted in Garden at Coorg.

This is a species of Erythrina.

Yes, … right. It is a Coral tree. Thanks for the pointer.

In this specimen the wings and keel are all much shorter than in E.indica, just longer than the calyx.
The standard petal was about 2cm long.
Is this Erythrina mitis (Shady Coral tree) or subumbrans ?

Please find the ID for link blow:

Erythrina subumbrans (Hassk.) Merr. (Synonym: Erythrina lithosperma Miq.)

Thanks for the ID. Although exotic, It seems to be used on the coffee plantation (where it was photographed) as a shade tree.

nice, … but do you have the whole tree picture and it would be lovely to see the habitat with the plantation
esp. the light and shadow play would be of great interest to me

Erythrina sp for ID- 24022014-PKA- Feb54 : Attachments (8). 3 posts by 2 authors.
Big tree seen in Coffee estates in Chikmagalur Region (Karnataka).
Erythrina sp.. ID please..
Date/Time: 25-01-2014 / 09:00AM

Perhaps Erythrina caffra

Thanks a lot … for the probable ID. It does look like E. caffra. I think Coffee estate guys must have cultivated this tree for shade along with Silver Oak trees..

It does not match with images of Erythrina caffra. I think close to images at Erythrina arborescens Roxb. (found wild in Himalayas, I do not whether it is cultivated in south India)

…, this must be Erythrina subumbrans (Hassk.) Merr. found cultivated in / around coffee plantations, in hill stations of South India.

Thanks, … I think you are right.



ID request 19082011mc01: Is this Erythrina indica? Thanks.

Locality: Yercaud, Tamil Nadu
Altitude: 4900 feet
Habitat: Medium sized tree
Approximate Height: 40 feet

Date: 2nd August 2011

I compared the web photos of A. Fraxinifolius (pink cedar) with my photo. The leaves and leaf venation look quite different. The inflorescence also seems much longer. Will await more info.

Looks like Erythrina variegata (syn. E.indica). However, I am not sure which is the valid name : E.indica or E.variegata. Please check.

It is a species of Erythrina of Leguminosae family.

Erythrina variegata generally don’t have leaves when flowering. They usually flower when all the leaves shed. This species seems to be a species of Erythrina that flowers in the monsoon (picture date 2nd August 2011) whereas E. varigata flowers in the summer.
Please describe me about the nature of thorns on the plant; whether they are all over the tree including trunk, branches and branch-lets or otherwise.

I do not recall thorns being present all over the tree. I must confess, however, that I had not observed the tree closely enough. I am sending one more photograph which I had taken. Hope it helps.

As per the plantlist.org Erythrina variegata is the valid name and not E. indica.

No, not during the monsoon. It is after the monsoon. Got some nice pictures last year with plenty of birds on it.

The second photo shows an Oriental White-eye and the third photograph shows a pair of Leafbirds belonging to Chloropsis genus.

The leaf birds are golden fronted leaf birds.

it is wild and that is why it attracts birds and animals. I have birds, butterflies, deers of two kinds, elephants, giant Malabar squirrels, and what have you?

Please find the plant ID for link below:

Erythrina subumbrans (Hassk.) Merr.
Corallodendron lithospermum (Blume ex Miq.) Kuntze
Erythrina holoserica Kurz
Erythrina holosericea “Kurz, p.p.”         
Erythrina lithosperma var. armata Miq.
Erythrina lithosperma var. inermis Miq.
Erythrina secundiflora Hassk.    
Erythrina sumatrana Miq.          
Hypaphorus subumbrans Hassk.             
Hypaphorus subumbrans var. aculeata Hassk.  
Hypaphorus subumbrans var. inermis Hassk.


Images by tspkumar


TSP-MAY2016-48-377:Images of Erythrina variegata (Fabaceae) : 5 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (6)   

It is my pleasure to present a few images of Erythrina variegata (Fabaceae) 

Habit: Tree 

Habitat: Cultivated as a shade tree in coffee estates. 

Sighting: Chikmagalur, Karnataka, about 1200 msl 

Date: 20-08-2014, 29-01-2015, 18-03-2015 and 14-11-2015  

To me it looks different. Pl. see comparative images of species of Erythrina at efi.
Thanks … I think you are right.




Erythrina ¿ species ?
Tall Erythrina trees planted along NH49, most probably exotic, in Chinnakanal, Munnar. Hoping to know the ID.
along NH No. 49 near Chinnakanal, Munnar on June 5, 2014

Erythrina species in eFloraofindia (with details/ keys from published papers/ regional floras/ FRLHT/ FOI/ Biotik/ efloras/ books etc., where ever available on net)

This appears to be E. indica but  I think it is a bad choice for a roadside tree given the easily broken branches.

Thank you very much … for the possibility of E. indica.

efi page on Erythrina variegata (syn. Erythrina indica Lam.)  

This should be Erythrina subumbrans (Hassk.) Merr. … thanks to … post and … response put in some earlier posts.



Kemmangundi Road Karnataka
Date: 13 NOV 2016 … Altitude: ~ 1021 – 1369 m (3349 – 4491 ft) asl
Erythrina subumbrans (Hassk.) Merr.  (family: Fabaceae)
Planted. Have seen it earlier in 
Munnar. Common factor – tea / coffee estates. 



Bisle Ghat Karnataka
Date: 15 NOV 2016 … Altitude range: ~ 956 – 139 m (3136 – 456 ft) asl 
Erythrina subumbrans (Hassk.) Merr. … (family: Fabaceae)
… planted along Bisle Ghat Road




Erythrina tree for identification 250712MK02:  

Please help me to identify this Erythrina tree found in a open grassland near Sholayar of Valparai. The tree is about 6-7 metres in height; the flower measures almost 3cm longer.
Date: 13 July 2012
Place: Valparai, TN
Alt.: 1000 m asl

This could be E. suberosa.

attaching more pictures of the same tree.

Yes, could be E. suberosa.
Do you have close pics of the bark and leaves for more clues? Otherwise it is difficult to distinguish between E stricta and E suberosa.

For me it is Erythrina suberosa

I think it is Erythrina stricta

As far as I know E. stricta has glabrous leaves and petioles. These later pics show some pubescence.

I think it should be Erythrina subumbrans (Hassk.) Merr. as per images herein.

SL 8 181113 : Attachments (1). 2 posts by 2 authors.
Please ID tree with orange-red flowers and large leaves. Photo was taken in Sri Lanka in March 2012.

Appears to be some Erythrina species.
Erythrina species so far in efi.

I think it should be Erythrina subumbrans (Hassk.) Merr. as per images herein.



Require ID for these seed pods : 2 posts by 2 authors. 1 image.
Found these on the ground in Meppadi, Wayanad under huge trees. It was night and couldnt guess which tree it was from.. Seems like Leguminosae member?

Species of Erythrina, I think

I am …, studying pharmacy. I am looking for the Erythrina subumbrans tree for my degree project work. Is it possible to share the location where it is located in south India?.

You can check places of our observations at Erythrina subumbrans


Flower for id – 04022019SH1 : 15 posts by 7 authors. Attachments (2)
Flower for id pl.
Location – Baratang Island, Andaman
Date – Jan 2019

Erythrina Species?

Erythrina sp.

yes but which one for the last five hours i have been vacillating between the obvious:

the indian coral tree : erythrina indica. foi also shows a stamp on which is this leaf that matches the case here and second is a hybrid developed in australia or new zealand of our tree: Erythrina sykesii. it was hybridized to make their seeds sterile, but the tree proagates vegetatively it seems, and now they want to eradicate it from australia/.. pheww!! i would vote for e. indica

Also check for E.caffra. A guess.


Petal shape is more roundish. Doesn’t match with E.indica. May be E.caffra as suggested by …

Erythrina subumbrans (Hassk.) Merr. ??

Looks close.

Can’t differentiate between E.caffra and E.subumbrans leaves. Confused…..

We have only one species in efi with lots of observations from South India and Sri Lanka as per 

Thanks … I checked the efi and the discussion from the link.

Possibility of E.subumbrans is much higher. 



MS Feb, 2020/07 Erythrina sp. for ID. : 5 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (4)
Location : Kolasib, Mizoram

Date : 12-02-2020
Habit : Small to medium-sized, thornless, almost evergreen tree
Habitat : Cultivated

Erythrina subumbrans (Hassk.) Merr. ??