Eastern Coralbean - Erythrina herbacea
Growing on sandy soils on hammocks and in pinelands, this shrub or small tree grows near the coast from North Carolina to Texas and throughout Florida. It most commonly reaches tree size at the southern part of its range. The leaves are alternate and compound with three leaflets that are spear-shaped, broad at the base with a long narrow tip, dull green to yellowish-green. The flowers are very showy--bright red and borne in racemes, pealike in form. This species is often planted as an ornamental for the brilliant flowers. The fruit is a pod up to 4 inches in length, and constricted between the seeds.