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.”
A watercolour painting on 300 gsm paper. I enjoyed it so much!
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3 April 2012.
FEATURED in African Art and Photography
9 April 2012.
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16 April 2012.