Taxon: Erythrina abyssinica Lam.

Genus: Erythrina
Family: Fabaceae (alt.Leguminosae)
Subfamily: Faboideae
Tribe: Phaseoleae
Nomen number: 70271
Place of publication: Encycl. 2:392. 1786 (A. P. de Candolle, Prodr. 2:413. 1825)
Link to protologue:
Comment: Lamarck provided a short diagnosis for this name preceded by an asterisk, not a number as for his other species, however, in vol. 1: 24 of this work, in his first use of the asterisk preceding unnumbered entries he stated "Espèces simplement indiquées", suggesting that some species names, although not being treated fully in his work, could still be considered as accepted by him
Name Verified on: 15-Mar-1987 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 13-Mar-2017
Species priority site is: Natl. Germplasm Repository - Miami (MIA)
Accessions: 1 in National Plant Germplasm System


Economic Importance:

  • Environmental: boundary/barrier/support (fide Boonman 1993)

Distributional Range:


    • EAST TROPICAL AFRICA: Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda
    • WEST-CENTRAL TROPICAL AFRICA: Burundi, Rwanda, Zaire
    • SOUTH TROPICAL AFRICA: Angola, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe
    • SOUTHERN AFRICA: Botswana (e.)

    Cultivated (also cult.)


  1. Boonman, J. G. 1993. East Africa's grasses and fodders: their ecology and husbandry 301.
  2. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) 2010. Ecocrop (on-line resource). (Ecocrop)
  3. Hennessy, E. F. 1991. Erythrineae (Fabaceae) in Southern Africa (Bothalia) 21:4.
  4. Krukoff, B. A. 1977. Notes on the species of Erythrina, IX (Phytologia) 36:8.
  5. Krukoff, B. A. & R. C. Barneby 1974. Conspectus of species of the genus Erythrina (Lloydia) 37:427.
  6. Liberty Hyde Bailey Hortorium Hortus third. (Hortus 3)
  7. Thulin, M. Leguminosae of Ethiopia. Opera Bot. 68:1-223. 1983 (Leg Ethiop)
  8. Turrill, W. B. et al., eds. Flora of tropical East Africa. (F TE Afr)

Check other web resources for Erythrina abyssinica Lam. :


  • Seed: U.S. National Seed Herbarium image

Cite as: USDA, Agricultural Research Service, National Plant Germplasm System. 2018. Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN-Taxonomy).
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland. URL: Accessed 22 April 2018.