Erythrina crista-galli
cockspur coral tree

Fabaceae (pea family)
South America
Erythrina crista-galli flowers. John Rawlings, 8 Jan 2005

Erythrina crista-galli, aptly named cockspur coral tree for its thorns, is growing in the Arizona Cactus Garden, and a second tree has been transplanted just outside the oval path encircling the Arizona Garden. It can be seen as a street tree next to 690 Waverley Street, at the intersection with Forest Avenue, in Palo Alto.

From: Howard E. McMinn & Evelyn Maino, An Illustrated Manual of Pacific Coast Trees, 1951

Illustrations: gallery.

Name derivation: Erythrina – Greek erythros (red): allusion to flower color; crista-galli – Latin gallus, rooster, and crista, crest = cock’s comb.

About this Entry: The main text of this entry is from the book Trees of Stanford and Environs, by Ronald Bracewell, published 2005.