Erythrina vespertilio

Erythrina vespertilio

three images of Erythrina vespertilio

(Bat’s wing coral tree)

FAMILY

Fabaceae

Species

Erythrina vespertilio

Common name

Bat’s wing coral tree

Flower colour; life form

Red; tree

Campus

Townsville

Description

This monsoon deciduous tree is often found growing in vine thickets. The common name comes from the shape of the leaflet. Each leaf has 3 leaflets that thought to resemble a bat with outstretched wings. There are conical spines on the trunk and the bark is corky. The large, pea-shaped flowers are red and are followed by brown woody pods, the seeds are toxic. Flowers are bird-pollinated.

There are several trees along the Wadda Mooli Creek towards Nursing Sciences. Flowering occurs during the late dry season.