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On Apr 24, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:
This tree is a Mexican native, and has red rosette like flowers that look a lot like many other Erythrina species. It is not a terribly robust tree or one of the more ornamental species. Has been used historically for dying clothing (the bark makes a yellow dye) and more recently the toxic alkaloids in the seeds have been shown to possibly have some medicinal values.