Orchid trees

Bauhinia sp. (Fabaceae)

Characteristics

Trees of this genus typically reach 6-12 m. Flowers with five petals, fragrant. Begin of flowering in late winter and often continues into early summer. Very easy to recognize leaves with two lobes, looking like a butterfly.

Distribution

Mainly planted in SE-Asia and India, but common around the tropics as an ornamental tree.

Natural Medical Properties

No known.

Did you know?

The genus Bauhinia was named after the two Swiss-French botanists Gaspard and Johann Bauhin. It is related (same family) to legumes.

Further reading:

Literature

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