Two Flower and bird paintings / ink and color painting
Because the flowers of this type of erythrina closely resemble coral, and are also bright red, it is therefore called a “coral tree.”
This tree grows very tall, as tall as the top of a high building. It also has a long flowering period and seems to flower all year round. A whole tree sometimes appears to be covered in blooms, and looks like a mass of flame when seen from a distance.
There were two or three chenille plants—we called them “dog-tail reds”—growing by our house when I lived in the country. They also grow quite tall, and had almost reached roof-level.
Whenever they were in bloom, the red tassels hung down like ears of grain. We used them to make flower garlands, which we gave to the girls to wear around their necks. Although the girls blushed, they were very happy. @