Tiger’s claw (Fijian: Drala, Segai)

Erythrina variegata (Fabaceae)

Characteristics

Thorny, deciduous tree, growing up to 25 m tall. Leaves pinnate with three leaflets (each up to 20 cm long and broad). Dense clusters of red flowers and black seeds. It is valued as an ornamental tree.

Distribution

Native to the tropical and subtropical regions of eastern Africa, India, northern Australia and the Island of the Indian and Pacific Ocean east to Fiji.

Natural Medical Properties

No known.

Did you know?

The seeds are poisonous in their raw state, but can be cooked and eaten.

Further reading:

Literature

World Flora Online
WorldChecklist of Selected Plant Families
A working list of all plant species