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Erythrina vespertilio, Erythrina biloba, Bat's Wing Coral Tree, Barswing Coral, Gray Corkwood

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 Erythrina vespertilio, Erythrina biloba
Family: Fabaceae
Subfamily: Faboideae
Bat's Wing Coral Tree, Barswing Coral, Gray Corkwood
Origin: Australia
Small tree 10-20 ftFull sunSemi-shadeModerate waterOrnamental foliageRed/crimson/vinous flowersDeciduousSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

Erythrina vespertilio is a small, straggly tree, with thorns on the trunk and branches.

Leaves are bifoliolate or trifoliolate, 3-5in long with leaflets broadly wedge-shaped or 3-lobed, resembling a bat's open wings. The plant is deciduous in the dry season. Scarlet to orange-red pea flowers are borne in terminal racemes 2-20in long. Flowering usually occurs when the tree is leafless. The seeds are orange to dark yellow in color, bean-like. The species will grow in a wide range of soils as long as drainage is good and it has plenty of sun. Propagation is from seed or cuttings. Generally no seed treatment is required but light scarification may assist germination.

The species was first formally described by the botanist George Bentham in 1848 as part of Thomas Mitchell's work Journal of an Expedition into the Interior of Tropical Australia.

It was widely traditionally used by Aboriginal Australians in Central Australia for making woomeras and coolamons. The Warlpiri, among others, would use the wood to make shields, used either for warfare or ceremonially. These shields could then be used for making fire with the friction method. The bark is also considered to have traditional medicinal uses. The seeds are used to make decorations.


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Erythrina vespertilio, Erythrina biloba, Bat's Wing Coral Tree, Barswing Coral, Gray Corkwood

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Erythrina vespertilio, Erythrina biloba, Bat's Wing Coral Tree, Barswing Coral, Gray Corkwood

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Erythrina vespertilio, Erythrina biloba, Bat's Wing Coral Tree, Barswing Coral, Gray Corkwood

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Erythrina vespertilio, Erythrina biloba, Bat's Wing Coral Tree, Barswing Coral, Gray Corkwood

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Erythrina vespertilio, Erythrina biloba, Bat's Wing Coral Tree, Barswing Coral, Gray Corkwood

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Erythrina vespertilio, Erythrina biloba, Bat's Wing Coral Tree, Barswing Coral, Gray Corkwood

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Erythrina vespertilio, Erythrina biloba, Bat's Wing Coral Tree, Barswing Coral, Gray Corkwood

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Erythrina vespertilio, Erythrina biloba, Bat's Wing Coral Tree, Barswing Coral, Gray Corkwood

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Erythrina vespertilio, Erythrina biloba, Bat's Wing Coral Tree, Barswing Coral, Gray Corkwood

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Erythrina vespertilio, Erythrina biloba, Bat's Wing Coral Tree, Barswing Coral, Gray Corkwood

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Extremely rare in ciltivantion, this Australian tree has unique leaves resembling bat's open wings and very showy red flowers.
Collectible plant, very slow growing, great potted specimen.
This species has very fragile leaves and branches, will be shipped express 1-day service.
RECOMMENDED FERTILIZERS:
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Tropical Allure - Smart-Release Booster

Express shipping. Will be shipped by Express Mail/UPS Next Day/FedEx Next Day (except Florida, where UPS/FedEx ground takes 1 day). No replacements or refunds on this item, we provide the best packaging. Watch for the delivery, do not keep the package on a sunny porch!
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