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Taken in Ballito, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

Climb a tree – it gets you closer to heaven.
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Erythrina caffra, the Coast Coral Tree, also known as the Lucky Bean tree, is not just a decorative tree, it is also an important component of the ecosystem, providing food and shelter for a variety of birds, animals and insects. Many birds and insects feed on the nectar and Vervet monkeys eat the flower buds.

It grows in the coastal and riverine fringe forests from Port Shepstone in KwaZulu-Natal to the Humansdorp District in Eastern Cape and in a pocket further north on the KwaZulu-Natal North Coast (South Africa). It is generally taller than Erythrina lysistemon, the flowers are orange-scarlet, and not red, and a cream-flowered form is occasionally seen. The standard petal is shorter and broader so that the stamens stick out of the flower giving it a whiskered look. In most other respects it is very similar to Erythrina lysistemon, and was in fact regarded as the same variable species for many years and, when not in flower, is difficult to tell apart.

(Afrikaans) gewone koraalboom, kanniedood, (Xhosa) umsintsi, (Venda) muvhale, (Tsawana) mophete, (Sotho) mokhungwane, and (Zulu) umsinsi.

Since I took the picture of this beautiful specimen in December 2009 in Ballito, the Municipality has cut it down – unbelievable! Cannot for the life of me imagine what the thinking behind that is…


The seedpod with the bright orange seed ‘beads’.

Their seeds is the actual reason for the name “Lucky Bean Tree”. Bright orange, with a black ‘eye’ in the centre on one side, they hang from pods normally containing about 10 seeds, eventually popping out and dropping to the ground.

They flower from the cold winter months up to spring. When ever I get a chance, I pick up these beautiful ‘beads’ and have built up a bit of a collection.


A part of my collection of Coral Tree “beads”

  1. 18th March 2011 – Placed in the TOP 10 of the challenge African Trees in African Art & Photography

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plants, tree, trees, lucky bean, coral tree, caffra, maree clarkson, kwazulu natal, south africa, tarlton, magaliesburg, krugersdorp, gauteng, ballito, coast, north coast, fuji, the lucky bean tree

I am a watercolorist living on my little piece of African soil in Tarlton, Gauteng, South Africa. The inspiration for my art is the wonderfully rich variety of Fauna and Flora to be found throughout this beautiful country.
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Comments

  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallover 3 years ago

    Wonderlike mooie boom! Love the info, thanks!;-)

  • Many thanks Liz!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • eoconnor
    eoconnorover 3 years ago

    WHAT A WONDERFULNTREE THIS IS MAREE AND YOUR INFORMATION IS SO INTERESTING !liZ

  • Glad you found that interesting Liz, and thank you for the fav!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • ElyseFradkin
    ElyseFradkinover 3 years ago

    Lovely tree and great scene!

  • Thank you very much Elyse!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotover 3 years ago

    How beautiful this tree is! The entire area looks so pretty and inviting.

  • The area is beautiful Dot, coastal green and very tropical!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Linda Jackson
    Linda Jacksonover 3 years ago

    wonderful Maree! have a great day! take care, Linda

  • /thanks for the fav Linda, much appreciated!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • maggie326
    maggie326over 3 years ago

    Gorgeous capture Maree and great information

  • Thanks for the fav Maggie!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELover 3 years ago

    Lovely capture Maree, such a beautiful tree.

  • Thank you Andrea!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...over 3 years ago


    Well done Maree!

  • Wow! Great news Konstantinos! A BIG thank you to all the voters!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Rina Greeff
    Rina Greeffover 3 years ago

    Veels geluk met die toekenning!

  • Dankie Rina!

    – Maree Clarkson

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