Erythrina crista-galli. COCKSPUR CORAL TREE. South America
LEGUMINOSAE (Pea family)

E. 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.

Illustration: McMinn, Howard E. and Evelyn Maino. 1951. An illustrated manual of Pacific coast trees; with lists of trees recommended for various uses on the Pacific coast by H. W. Shepherd. 2d ed. Berkeley, Calif.: University of California Press.

Illustrations (links open new windows): gallery

Additions/Revisions: A second .

Name derivation, genus | species Gk. erythros (red): allusion to flower color | cock's comb

Related material: Canopy Trees for Palo Alto Tree Library

Botanical name index | Common name index | Family home