Fabaceae (pea family) Erythrina

Erythrina crista-galli cockspur coral tree

South America
Erythrina crista-galli flowers. John Rawlings, 8 Jan 2005

Erythrina crista-galli, aptly named cockspur coral tree for its flowers, is growing in the Arizona Garden in the small bed northwest of the large tree yucca in the center. In Palo Alto, magnificent specimens can be seen at 690 Waverley Street, at the intersection with Forest Avenue, and at the north corner of the Tea House at Gamble Garden.

Erythrina crista-galli, Arizona Garden. John Rawlings, 8 Jan 2005
From: Howard E. McMinn & Evelyn Maino, An Illustrated Manual of Pacific Coast Trees, 1951

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. Removed mention of tree just outside the oval path encircling the Arizona Garden; added Gamble Garden location; edits (Jun 2023, SP).