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  Erythrina fusca
  Family: FABACEAE/LEGUMINOSAE (Subfam.: Papilionoideae)
  Citation:  Erythrina fusca Lour., Fl. Cochinch. 427. 1790; Sunil & Sivadasan, Fl. Alappuzha Dist. 223. 2009. Erythrina glauca Willd., Ges. Naturf. Freunde Berlin, Neue Schriften 3:428.1801. Erythrina ovalifolia Roxb., Fl. Ind. 3: 254. 1832; Hook. f., Fl. Brit. India 2: 189. 1876.
  Malayalam Name(s): Kandal Murikku
  Tamil name(s):
  English name(s): Purple coral tree
  Description: Moderate-sized much branched trees with scattered pale prickles; bark pale brown, thick and fluted. Leaflets 8-15 x 4.5-8 cm, elliptic or ovate, base rounded, apex obtuse or rounded, subcoriaceous, lateral nerves 6-8 pairs; stipels c. 1 mm long, persistent. Flowers crimson, mostly 3-nate on the ferruginous hairy rachis of the racemes; bracts and bracteoles c. 2.5 x 2 mm, ovate; pedicels 8-15 mm long. Calyx 1.4-1.7 cm long, campanulate, ferruginous pubescent, often irregularly splitting. Standard 3.5-4.5 long, rounded-rhomboid, the claw c. 1.5 cm long; wings c. 2 x 1.3 cm, obliquely obovate; keels c. 3 x 1.5 cm, ovate-falcate. Ovary long-stipitate; ovules many. Pods 8-15 x 1.2-1.8 cm, linear, torulose, beaked, adpressed hairy, 5-8-seeded. Seeds 1-1.5 x 0.5-0.8 cm, oblong-ellipsoid, blackish.
  Habit: Tree
  Flowering & Fruiting: January-May
  District(s): Alappuzha
  Habitat: Along banks of backwaters and mangrove forests
  Distribution: Indo-Malesia, West Indies and America
  Aquatic: No
  Epiphyte(s): No
  Saprophyte: No
  Stem parasite: No
  Root parasite: No
  Flower colour(s): Red
  Weed: No
  Monocot/Dicot: Dicotyledonous Plants
  Exotic: Yes
  Garden: No
  Edible: No
  Vegetable: No
  Endemic to:
  IUCN status:
  Localities: Punnamada, Thanneermukkam
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