Erythrina zeyheri is a magnificent caudiciform species
declined markedly as a result of habitat
deterioration and habitat
destruction. These plants
were photographed in November 2006 in grasslands
near Delmas in western Mpumalanga. Large clumps
of flame orange and
red flowers were visible from afar.
Coal mining has destroyed much
of the habitat
and a coal mine dump is visible in the background.
Erythrina zeyheri seeds respond rapidly to watering,
germinating quickly after exposure to
moisture. This seed was one
of a number germinating
in the nursery in a period of good rainfall
during March 2006.
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