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Photo by Bill Hagblom.

Photo from: Maddy Lehmann, South Africa

Photo by Bill Hagblom.

Author:  William Henry Harvey, 1862
Origin:  Botswana, Lesotho, South Africa, Zimbabwe
Soil:  Mix
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Medium
Thickness:  25 Centimetres
Height:  80 Centimetres
Flower:  Red
Propagate:  Seeds
Names:  Plough Breaker
Synonyms:  Corallodendron zeyheri, Kuntza, 1891

This member of the Fabaceae family was described by William Henry Harvey in 1862. It's found in southern Africa. Give it a well-drained soil, some water and lots of sun. The caudex will grow to 25 centimetres in diameter, one meter or more long. The stems reaches 80 centimetres. The flowers are bright red and seeds are the only way of reproducing.  

The genera name from Greek; eryhros; 'red' for the mostly red flowers. The species name after Karl L. P. Zeyher, 1799-1858, a German naturalist and botanical explorer in South Africa.

Tribe: Phaseoleae.

Photo from: GP Desert.

Wild photo from: Maddy Lehmann, South Africa.