Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition
Erythrina insularis F.M.Bailey
Bailey, F.M. (1897) Queensland Agricultural Journal 1(3): 228. Type: Queensland. Cook District: Turtle Island, June 1897, F.M. Bailey 29 (holo: BRI; iso: MEL).
Inflorescence borne on leafless branches, 15-40-flowered; fascicles 3-flowered, often two or three fascicles at the same position along rachis, fascicle groups 2-7 mm apart on rachis, pedicels 7-11 mm long at anthesis. Calyx tubular in bud, 15-19 mm long, truncate, a longitudinal ventral split developing as corolla expands, extending almost to base of the calyx. Petals initially pale yellow, senescing to orange or scarlet, prominently veined; standard 25-41 x 12-15 mm, apex obtuse, strongly recurved and exposing staminal column, wings and keel very similar, wings 12-16 mm long; keel petals 14-15 mm long, free, obtuse. Stamens 35-40 mm long, anthers 3.2-4.2 mm long, brown. Ovary hairy, ovules 8-11.
Taproot thickened, carrot-like (Daucus carota). Cotyledons not recorded. First pair of leaves triangular, 42.5 mm long x 45 mm at widest point. At the tenth leaf stage: trifoliate, leaflet blades rhomboid or broadly lobed, base cuneate or broadly cuneate; petiole and rhachis usually with a few small thorns; stipules about 1.9-2 mm long; stem often with a few small thorns. Apex or stem and Leaf buds with dense stellate or dendritic hairs, becoming glabrous. Seed germination time in 10 days.