crybaby tree

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  • noun small South American spiny tree with dark crimson and scarlet flowers solitary or clustered

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  • What a great name for a plant! I saw “crybaby tree” on the Recently Loved Words list and had to check it out. The most succinct explanation I found is;

    The plant you are asking about is Erythrina crista-galli. A native of Brazil, it will actually grow into a tree during periods of mild winters. Otherwise, it does tend to be more shrubby (though large) when frozen back to the ground regularly. The common name "crybaby" comes from the formation of drops of nectar which drip from the flowers like tear drops. This is a great hummingbird plant, as the tiny, nectar feeding birds find the red flowers irresistible.

    To be found at:

    http://www.nola.com/homegarden/index.ssf/2014/05/what_is_the_latin_name_of_the.html

    I want one.

    April 25, 2017

  • I'm pretty sure vendingmachine fell out of one of these. And hit every branch on the way down.

    April 25, 2017

  • Quelle ramage!

    April 26, 2017

  • The crista-galli part is fun.

    April 26, 2017