Kafferboom (Erythrina caffra), a large, thorny coral tree up to 70 feet tall (21 m) native to coastal forests and streams of the eastern Cape region of South Africa. Like other species of Erythrina, the leaves are trifoliate with three separate leaflets. The flowers are shorter and broader than other species of coral trees, and they have widely separated (gaping) petals and conspicuous exerted stamens. Unlike the narrow, tubular, hummingbird flowers of New World coral trees, the kafferboom is pollinated by perching birds (passerines). The pods are long and slender with several bright red seeds. In South Africa, native people string the seeds into colorful necklaces. Children also collect the seeds which are known locally as “lucky beans.”
ART: Waterpaint
A watercolour painting on 300 gsm paper. I enjoyed it so much!
FEATURED in Nature and Man
3 April 2012.
FEATURED in African Art and Photography
9 April 2012.
FEATURED in Water Media
16 April 2012.


kafferboom, tree, coral tree, lucky bean, africa, farm, mountains, red, landscape, flowers, elizabeth kendall

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  • Maree  Clarkson
    Maree Clarksonover 2 years ago

    Beautifully done and I just love the Coral trees Elizabeth and also collect the seeds, I have a whole bowl full!

  • Thanks very much Maree, would love to see your bowl full of lucky beans!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesover 2 years ago

  • catherine walker
    catherine walkerover 2 years ago

    Gorgeous ..well done elizabeth!

  • Thanks very much Catherine!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • IrisGelbart
    IrisGelbartover 2 years ago

    Wonderful….I love it…..

  • Thanks so much Iris!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...over 2 years ago

    1 April 2012 – 2 images per day

  • supernan
    supernanover 2 years ago

    Another lovely piece Elizabeth x

  • Thanks very much Nan, appreciate your time!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Pieta Pieterse
    Pieta Pieterseover 2 years ago

    Ek hou baie hiervan, mooi! Koraalbome is so volop in B’ton, onthou jy? Ook B’ton H/skool se embleem op hul skoolwapen.

  • Dankie baie Pieta!! O jaaaa, ek onthou Barberton se mooi bome! Flambojante was net so pragtig!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Evita
    Evitaover 2 years ago

    Beautiful work !!!!
    Nature And Man Feautres April 3rd, 2012

    This work is eligible to enter in our Nature And Man *Featured Works Challenge * April 2012
    Good Luck

  • Thanks so very much Evita!! Great recognition.

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...over 2 years ago

    This wonderful work has just been selected and featured in the African Art and Photography group! This work now qualifies for our monthly avatar and voucher challenge here

  • Thanking you Konstantinos!!! How wonderful!!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Maree  Clarkson
    Maree Clarksonover 2 years ago

    Congratulations on the features Liz, well done!

  • Oelala!! Thanks so much Maree!!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

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