Please help with plant ID of this tropical

Austin, TX(Zone 8b)

A friend says this is a leaf from a variegated fireman's cap . . . but i can't find it with DG search using that common name as a key

I would love to know it's binomial name. Please, anyone, help me out.

TIA ~ Łaz

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Huntersville, NC(Zone 7b)

Did you Google it?

Powder Springs, GA(Zone 7b)

Google does indeed bring up many DG articles about it. Shame that DG doesn't have a search engine like Google. Once you have the botanical name then another search brings up so many more articles.

http://toptropicals.com/catalog/uid/erythrina_indica.htm


Austin, TX(Zone 8b)

did i google it? thanks for the input, Captain Obvious. oh, i got it now, HOMER !

anyway, it is solved it is Erythrina variegata - - my thanks to those who actually gave a hand in identifying it.

Huntersville, NC(Zone 7b)

LazLo... Must not have got your beauty sleep last night! I am sorry you are having a bad day. Cheer up!

Carlisle, PA(Zone 6b)

Lazlo, did your plant ever bloom & produce seeds? Just curious. Buttoneer.

Baltimore, MD(Zone 7a)

SO? For us non-horticultural-names-users....
Would that be a Zebra Plant? That was my first thought....

Gita

Powder Springs, GA(Zone 7b)

Gita,

The common name is in the link I provided - Coral Tree or Sunshine Tree.

The Zebra Plant is Aphelandra squarrosa.

Baltimore, MD(Zone 7a)

OK--I had it wrong...G.

Carlisle, PA(Zone 6b)

Quick question: Are all the Erythrina species "THORNY"?

Lee's Summit, MO(Zone 6a)

Buttoneer, I believe all Erythrina have thorns - I have to varieties and both have wicked thorns.

Carlisle, PA(Zone 6b)

Thanks, Kay. I have one that is 2 foot tall and I have grown it for years. It is potbound and verry thorny. Think I will carefully try to repot it. It has lost all its leaves due to spider mites so I sprayed it & put it outside.

Lee's Summit, MO(Zone 6a)

If you can use leather gloves, you should be o.k. in handling it. I have used rope and newspaper to handle mine. Thanks for reminding me - my potted one is desperate for a bigger pot.

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