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Erythrina humeana - Spreng.

Common Name Dwarf Kaffirboom, Dwarf erythrina
Family Fabaceae or Leguminosae
USDA hardiness 8-11
Known Hazards The plant contains alkaloids that have powerful narcotic and purgative effects[200].
Habitats Bushland and thickets.
Range S. Africa.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Half Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Erythrina humeana Dwarf Kaffirboom, Dwarf erythrina


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Erythrina humeana is a deciduous Shrub growing to 4 m (13ft 1in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 9 and is frost tender. It is in flower from Jul to September. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Insects.It can fix Nitrogen.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms

Habitats

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Dappled Shade;

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal Uses



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Narcotic;  Purgative.

The plant is narcotic and purgative[200].

Other Uses

None known

Cultivation details

Requires a moderately fertile well-drained soil in a very sunny position[200]. Best if given the protection of an east, south or south-west facing wall[200]. Plants are not very hardy outdoors in Britain though they experience at least moderate frosts in their native range and would be worthwhile trying outdoors in the very mildest areas of this country[200]. The stem bases should be thickly mulched with organic matter such as leaf litter or sawdust and covered with bracken[200]. The top growth will be killed by the frost but new growth from the rootstock will flower in late summer[200]. Plants take 3 - 4 years to flower from seed[200]. This species has a symbiotic relationship with certain soil bacteria, these bacteria form nodules on the roots and fix atmospheric nitrogen. Some of this nitrogen is utilized by the growing plant but some can also be used by other plants growing nearby[200].

Propagation

Seed - pre-soak for 12 hours in warm water and sow spring in a greenhouse. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, July/August in a frame[200]. Overwinter in a greenhouse and plant out in late spring or early summer. Heeled cuttings of young growth in the spring in a frame[200]. Overwinter in a greenhouse and plant out in late spring or early summer.

Other Names

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Found In

Countries where the plant has been found are listed here if the information is available

Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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Spreng.

Botanical References

200

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Readers comment

Nathan Prescott   Fri May 20 12:37:40 2005

Link: http://www.plantzafrica.com/plantefg/erythrinahumeana.htm

Jeanne Henderson   Sun Sep 6 2009

Where may I buy the humeana & acanthocarpa Erythrina seeds ? Respectfully. Jeanne

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