Thursday, December 3, 2009

Bauhinia purpurea

Bauhinia purpurea 01

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Bauhinia purpurea 02. (not flowering)

Common names :
Hong Kong Orchid Tree, Purple camel's foot,  Hawaiian orchid tree.
Family : Leguminocae
Genus : Phanera
Syns : Phanera purpurea, Casparespsis purpurea.

Bauhinia purpurea a deciduous flowering plant native to  South China and southeastern Asia. It is introduced to many tropical countries around the world. The plant grows in Hawaii, coastal California, southern Texas, and southwest Florida.

Bauhinia purpurea is a small tree growing up to 17 m in height. The leaf are board, rounded, and bilobed at the base and apex. The flowers are pink and fragrant.