Coral bean from Ton in SC

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I have occasionally seen this plant in coastal forests, often near, but not in wetlands. The distinctive leaves usually grow in bunches on long stems. Some plants have small thorns. I’m not sure about the flowers, but some plants produce bright red seeds in elongated pods. Thanks in advance for your help.

Hi Ton,

this is Erythrina herbacea, the coral bean plant.  The seeds are bright red and showy, but toxic I, also, have seen it primarily in coastal forests in our region.


Steven Hill, Botanist, SCNPS

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