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Erythrina is derived from a Greek word meaning red in allusion to the colour of the flowers; indica means pertaining to India. Description: A moderate-sized deciduous tree with prickly stem and branches reaching 50 to 60 ft. in height. Leaves compound, trifoliate: leaflets, 4 to 6 in. long by 3 to 5 in. wide, the terminal leaflet the largest, broadly rhomboid-ovate (somewhat broadly triangular), tip acute or acuminate, base truncate or rhomboidal; petiole 4 to 8 hi. long, with glands at the base of each leaflet.

Note: The flowers are highly scented. The tree flowers throughout the greater part of the year, but the proper period appears to be from August to January. 18. BULLOCK’S HEART or RAMPHAL Annona reticulata Linn. (Order: Annonaceae). Annona in Latin, the ‘year’s harvest’ suggested by the Haitian name anon applied to one of the species. Reticulata on account of the net-like sculpturing of the outside of the fruit, Description: A small deciduous tree attaining a height of 20 to 25 ft. Leaves 4 to 7 in.

And smooth whitish bark. Leaves mostly sub-opposite, 4-8 in. 5 in. with two prominent glands at the top, under the blade. Flowers sessile, in short axillary spikes or in small panicles. Calyx cup-shaped, glabrous, 5toothed. Ovary glabrous. Disc densely hairy with yellowish hairs, no petals; stamens 10 on the calyx lobes. 5 in. across and tan-coloured when dry. Distribution: Bengal, Burma, Central and Southern India and Ceylon. Gardening: Propagated by seed. Although not a garden tree it is frequently planted as a roadside tree.

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