Many species in the genus Bauhinia have been actively introduced as ornamentals in many tropical and subtropical regions of the world. Synonyms: Bauhinia kappleri, Bauhinia krugii, Abrus monandra. Common Names: Pink Bauhinia, Butterfly Flower, Pink Orchid Tree, Butterfly Bauhinia. Bauhinia monandra Kurz Synonyms. Bauhinia persiehii , Southern Science Record ser. Bauhinia, Pink; Butterfly Flower; Pink Bauhinia.

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Stipules pubescentabout 0. Both the upper and lower surfaces of the leaf blades clothed in simple, erect, bauninia brown hairs. Leaf apex deeply retuse with a central bristle. Sepals fused to form a spathe about mm long.

Bauhinia monandra (Napoleon’s plume)

Petals about cm long, distinctly clawed. Stamens one, filament glabrousabout mm long.

Anther about mm long. Style about 35 mm long.


Pods slightly inflatednot flat, about x Pods explosively dehiscentthrowing seeds in all directions. Seeds flat, about x mm, about per pod.

Cotyledons thick and fleshy, venation difficult to discern but 5 veins radiate from the base of each cotyledon. First pair of leaves orbiculardeeply bilobed or incised almost to the point of being compound with two leaflets.

Bauhinia monandra

At the tenth leaf stage: Midrib extending beyond the leaf blade as an aristate tip 2 mm or more long. Stipules hairy, narrowly triangular, about 2 mm long. Roots emit an odour like that of beans Phaseolus vulgaris. Altitudinal range probably small, from near sea level to m. Grows in disturbed areas particularly in gallery forest.

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