Thursday, 8 March 2012

MELBOURNE STREET TREES 12

Erythrina crista-galli is a flowering tree in the family Fabaceae, native to Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil and Paraguay. It is widely planted as a street or garden tree in other countries, most notably in the United States, Australia and South Africa. It is known by several common names within South America: Ceibo, seíbo (Spanish), corticeira (Portuguese) and the more ambiguous bucaré, to name a few. In English it is often known as the Cockspur Coral Tree. The ceibo is the national tree of Argentina, and its flower the national flower of Argentina and Uruguay. This species characteristically grows wild in gallery forest ecosystems along watercourses, as well as in swamps and wetlands.

In urban settings, it is often planted in parks for its highly decorative, bright red flowers. Even in the temperate climate of Melbourne the tree does very well and is a feature of many parks, gardens and nature strips along streets. The flowers will produce patterned bean-like seeds in pods.

This post is part of the Floral Friday Fotos meme.








14 comments:

  1. Hello Nick.
    Beautiful exciting "plant / flower" you show, with some beautiful flowers.
    Wishing you a good day.
    Hugs Hanne Bente / hbt.finus.dk

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  2. I've sever seen something like this!! Amazing!

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  3. LOVE it! But then I would, wouldn't I?! Yes, anything RED works for me, and your life cycle is stunning!

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  4. Beautiful blossom.

    Regards and best wishes

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  5. Wow, very unique flower. Thank you for your information, Nick.

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  6. The colour of the blossoms is spectacular!

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  7. I love these blooms and the sequence is fantastic! Well done. I've noticed this tree for the first time a couple of years ago at the Oeiras Palace gardens.

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  8. Gorgeous blossoms, incredible colors and a terrific sequence, Nick! Really superb captures as always. Thanks you for your comments and your good wishes for my daughter! They are greatly appreciated! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

    Sylvia

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  9. Amazing tree! Just beautiful. Thank you for showing us the various stages and telling us about it as well -- it is different for us!

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  10. I have never seen a tree like that! At first, the flowers look like chili peppers. That must have been some work, capturing it at all the stages in the lifecycle, but we really appreciate it(!)

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  11. The color is amazing. They look like rubber plants. The leaves seem to be thick!

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  12. I've never seen this before. Thanks for sharing.

    Holy Basil

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  13. Not only, but also...
    I almost missed this one.
    Those Australian street trees are so magnificent.
    I'm impressed by the trees themselves but mostly by the enlightened councils planting them in public places.

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