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Erythrina crista-galli - Cockspur Coral Tree - 5 Fresh Seeds
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Erythrina crista-galli - Cockspur Coral Tree - 5 Fresh Seeds

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Erythrina crista-galli - Cockspur Coral Tree

This listing is for 5 seeds of this stunning coral tree, native to South America, where it is the national flower of Argentina and Uruguay.

Erythrina crista-galli is a small tree, the girth of its trunk measuring 50 cm (20 in). Normally it grows 5–8 m (16–26 ft) tall, although some individuals, such as in the Argentine provinces of Salta, Jujuy and Tucumán, can grow up to 10 m (33 ft).

The root is a taproot with nodules produced by nitrogen fixing bacteria. The bacteria live in symbiosis with the tree, facilitating the tree's absorption of nitrogen in return for organic substances which the bacteria need. The tree's trunk is woody with irregular, spiny branches. The leaves are generally dry deciduous, falling off during the dry season. The growth habit lends itself well to radical pruning to keep the tree in shape and would, therefore, be ideal for bonsai culture.

The tree flowers in the summer, from October to April in their native South America and from April to October in the northern hemisphere. The red flowers, arranged in inflorescences are rich in nectar and are visited by insects, which usually have to crawl underneath the carina (the spur on the flower that gives it the common name) and thus pollinate the flowers.

The tree's fruit is a legume, a dry pod a few centimeters in length derived from a single carpel and contains about 8-10 chestnut-brown bean-shaped seeds. Easy to germinate, the seed leaves stay underground upon germination.

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