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Bauhinia or White Orchid Tree

Genus: Bauhinia.

Species: Bauhinia variegata.

Common name: Bauhinia or White Orchid Tree
Botanic name: Bauhinia Variegate 'Alba'
Family: Fabaceae / Caesalpiniaceae

This is a medium sized tree to 8 m tall - considered a weed in some areas of the country. The tree has a short trunk and spreading branches. It is deciduous to semi-deciduous, leaves lobed and divided to about halfway. Pods 15-25 cm long, explosively dehiscent.

It gets abundant large fragrant white flowers with lemon-green markings that appear in winter-spring and intermittently in summer, flowering on leafless branches.

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