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|Erythrina speciosa is a tree native to Brazil, which is often cultivated and has introduced populations in Africa and India. It is pollinated by hummingbirds.|
Erythrina leaves are used as food plants by the larvae of some Lepidoptera species including the swift moth Endoclita damor and the woolly bears Hypercompe eridanus and Hypercompe icasia. The mite Tydeus munsteri is a pest on the Coastal Coral Tree (E. caffra).
Many birds visit the nectar-rich Erythrina flowers. In the Neotropics, these are usually larger hummingbirds, for example the Swallow-tailed Hummingbird (Eupetomena macroura) and the Black-throated (Anthracothorax nigricollis) and Green-breasted Mango (A. prevostii) - though they seem not to be especially fond of E. speciosa at least, which they visit rather opportunistically. In Southeast Asia, the Black Drongo (Dicrurus macrocercus) which usually does not eat nectar in quantity has been observed feeding on E. suberosa flowers, and mynas and of course more specialized nectar feeders also utilize coral tree flowers. Lorikeets such as the Collared Lory (Phigys solitarius) and the possibly extinct New Caledonian Lorikeet (Charmosyna diadema) are known to consume (or have consumed) large amounts of Erythrina nectar. The seeds are eaten by many birds, including the common Eurasian Blackbird (Turdus merula).
2. Use by humans
Some coral trees are used widely in the tropics and subtropics as street and park trees, especially in drier areas. In some places, such as Venezuela, bucarés are used as shade trees for coffee or cocoa crops. In the Bengal region, they are used for the same purpose in Schumannianthus dichotoma plantations. E. lanceolata in particular is considered highly suitable as "frame" tree for vanilla vines to grow up on.
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- [2009-06-30 19:23]
uou! what a strange flower... I like the composition you have done here with the strong colors with the main object in red and the BG in blue. Good focus and POV. I like the two little bugs also!
Very interesting note also.
have a nice day
- [2009-06-30 20:53]
Imagem com cores vibrantes sem serem excessivas.
Gosto também da nitidez e do contraste.
Fine shot of this red flower. Interesting to see its polinated by hummingbirds in Brazil, in Asia sunbirds do the job.
Good POV with that great blue sky asa background.
Bom de ver que mais uma vez por TN. boa foto, estou muito contente por cor, altamente constrastante flor com cores brilhantes em primeiro plano. Muito bem composto e muito marcante toda a estrutura da foto.
Saludos, obrigado por compartilhar!
Trčs belle et artistique publication, remarquable pour la finesse de ses détails, avec une superbe opposition de couleurs.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.