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Caesalpinia gilliesii  (Hook.) D. Dietr.
Bird of paradise
Caesalpinia gilliesii is a tree or shrub or vine that is not native to California.
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Genus: Caesalpinia
Family: Fabaceae  
Category: angiosperm  
PLANTS group:Dicot
Jepson eFlora section: eudicot

Toxicity: Do not eat the seed of this plant.
Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
iNatErythrostemon gilliesii
JEF + PLANTSPoinciana gilliesii
Information about  Caesalpinia gilliesii from other sources

[Wikipedia] South America Native, Medicinal Uses, Seeds Poison: Erythrostemon gilliesii is a shrub in the legume family. It is commonly known as bird of paradise, but it is not related to the bird of paradise genus Strelitzia. It is a striking ornamental plant native to South America, mainly Argentina and Uruguay. It is naturalized in Texas, and fairly common in the rest of the southwestern United States, where it is known as bird of paradise bush, desert bird of paradise, yellow bird of paradise, and barba de chivo. Medicine men of peoples indigenous to the Amazon Rainforest used this plant and the similar Caesalpinia pulcherrima, which they called ayoowiri, for curing fever, sores, and cough. Poisoning may occur with the seeds of this plant. (link added by Mary Ann Machi)


Suggested Citation
Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation, with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals. [web application]. 2024. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available: https://www.calflora.org/   (Accessed: 07/22/2024).