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Author: Thomas Henry Kearney, 1894
Origin:  Mexico, South-Western U.S.
Soil:  Mix
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Maximum
Thickness:  60 Centimetres
Height:  1,5-7 Meters
Flower:  Red
Propagate:  Seeds/Cuttings
Names:  South-Western Coral Bean, Western Coral Bean, Chilicote
Synonyms:  Erythrina purpusii, Brandegee, 1903

This member of the Fabaceae family was given this name by Thomas Henry Kearney in 1894. It is found in Mexico and south-western U.S., growing in a well drained soil with some water and lots of sun. It starts out with a nice swollen stem, which unfortunately seems to disappear by age. On the other hand; it does get some astonishing red flowers. In rough conditions, it form a open bush, not more than one and a half meter height. Given more water, it can grow into a seven or even ten meter tree.

The genera name from Greek; eryhros; 'red' for the mostly red flowers. The species name from flabellum; 'fanned-out'.

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