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Erythrina crista-galli (Cockspur Coral Tree; crybabytree; Coral Tree; Seibo; Coral)


Wikipedia Abstract

Erythrina crista-galli, often known as the cockspur coral tree, is a flowering tree in the family Fabaceae, native to Argentina, Uruguay, southern Brazil and Paraguay. It is widely planted as a street or garden tree in other countries, notably in California. It is known by several common names within South America: ceibo, seíbo (Spanish), corticeira (Portuguese) and the more ambiguous bucaré, to name a few. Its specific epithet crista-galli means "cock's comb" in Latin. The ceibo is the national tree of Argentina, and its flower the national flower of Argentina and Uruguay.
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Air Quality Improvement [1]  None
Allergen Potential [1]  Medium
Carbon Capture [1]  Low
Shade Percentage [1]  80 %
Temperature Reduction [1]  Low
Wind Reduction [1]  Low
Flower Type [2]  Hermaphrodite
Hazards [2]  The plant contains alkaloids that have powerful narcotic and purgative effects; The seeds of all members of this genus are said to be poisonous;
Leaf Type [2]  Deciduous
Lifespan [3]  Perennial
Pollinators [2]  Insects, Lepidoptera
Specific Gravity [4]  0.27
Structure [2]  Shrub
Height [2]  9.84 feet (3 m)
Width [2]  6.56 feet (2 m)
Hardiness Zone Minimum [1]  USDA Zone: 10 Low Temperature: 30 F° (-1.1 C°) → 40 F° (4.4 C°)
Hardiness Zone Maximum [1]  USDA Zone: 11 Low Temperature: 40 F° (4.4 C°) → 50 F° (10 C°)
Water Use [1]  Moderate
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Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
El Palmar National Park II   Entre Rios, Argentina  
El Rey National Park II 110298 Salta, Argentina

Emblem of



Maconellicoccus hirsutus (pink hibiscus mealybug)[5]
Xylotoles griseus[6]


Argentina (native); Australia (introduced); Belize (uncertain); Bolivia (native); Brazil (native); Caribbean-TRP (uncertain); China (introduced); Costa Rica (uncertain); Dominican Republic (introduced); Egypt (introduced); El Salvador (introduced); Ethiopia (introduced); Fiji (uncertain); Guadeloupe (introduced); Guatemala (uncertain); India (introduced); India-ISO (introduced); Indonesia-ISO (introduced); Japan (introduced); Jawa (native); Kenya (introduced); Martinique (introduced); Mauritius (introduced); Mexico(North & Central) (uncertain); Mozambique (introduced); Nepal (introduced); New Zealand(North) (introduced); Panama (uncertain); Papua New Guinea (introduced); Paraguay (native); Peru (uncertain); Puerto Rico (uncertain); Reunion (introduced); Rwanda (introduced); Ryukyu Is (introduced); Seychelles (introduced); Society Is (introduced); South Africa (introduced); St Vincent (introduced); Sudan (introduced); Taiwan (introduced); Tanzania (introduced); Uganda (introduced); Uruguay (native); Zimbabwe (introduced);

External References

USDA Plant Profile



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1i-Tree Species v. 4.0, developed by the USDA Forest Service's Northern Research Station and SUNY-ESF using the Horticopia, Inc. plant database.
2Plants For A Future licensed under a Creative Commons License
3USDA Plants Database, U. S. Department of Agriculture
4Jérôme Chave, Helene C. Muller-Landau, Timothy R. Baker, Tomás A. Easdale, Hans ter Steege, Campbell O. Webb, 2006. Regional and phylogenetic variation of wood density across 2,456 neotropical tree species. Ecological Applications 16(6), 2356 - 2367
5Ben-Dov, Y., Miller, D.R. & Gibson, G.A.P. ScaleNet 4 November 2009
6New Zealand Institute for Plant & Food Research Plant-SyNZ™ database
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