Orchid Tree (Bauhinia purpurea)


Bauhinia purpurea L. 1753, commonly called Orchid Tree, Butterfly Tree or Poor Man’s Orchid, is a tropical, flowering tree, native to India, China and South East Asia.

The orchid tree reach heights up to about 6-9 meters, the crom get a size of 8-9 meters in diameter. The delightfully fragrant, conspicuous fFlowers of the fast growing tree get a size of about 8-15 cm in diameter and can vary in colors from white, pink to purple. Flowering period: Autumn - Winter. The genus Bauhinia belongs to the bean family (Fabaceae) and has been established by the father of modern taxonomy, Swedish botanist Carl von Linnaeus (1707-1778) in 1753. The genus has been named in honour to the Swiss botanists Johann Bauhin (1541–1613) and Gaspard Bauhin (1560-1624), sons of the French physician Jean Bauhin (1511–1582). Parts of the tropical plant are used in natural medicine, the flowers are edible and used as an ingredient for Indian curries.

Orchid Tree (Bauhinia purpurea)
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