A young specimen of an unidentified Erythrina, possibly a hybrid, with wickedly thornier leaves than E. humeana, grows on Lagunita Drive 100 feet west of Braun Music Center. It blooms in spring after leafing out. Anna’s hummingbirds are regular vistors when the plant is blooming.
There are dozens of species and cultivars of Erythrina that are widely used in the tropics.
Name derivation: Erythrina – Gk. erythros (red), allusion to flower color.
About this Entry: The main text of this entry is from the book Trees of Stanford and Environs, by Ronald Bracewell, published 2005.