Bauhinia Blakeana - Hong Kong Orchid - Hawaiian Orchid Tree
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Bauhinia - blakeana flower
Kingdom: Plantae (unranked): Angiosperms (unranked): Eudicots (unranked): Rosids Order: Fabales Family: Fabaceae Genus: Bauhinia Species: B. × blakeana Binomial name Bauhinia - blakeana Information Source: Wikipedia
The Hawaiian orchid tree is a member of the orchid tree family of trees in the Bauhinia genus.
This particular member of the genus is characterized by the purple colour of its beautiful flowers and the camel foot shaped leaves.
These two features are why it is sometimes also called - Purple Camel's Foot Tree
Bauhinia is a genus of more than 200 species of flowering plants in the subfamily Caesalpinioideae of the large flowering plant family Fabaceae, with a pantropical distribution.
The genus was named after the Bauhin brothers, Swiss-French botanists.
Bauhinia is also known as Mountain Ebony, Purple Orchid tree or simply Orchid tree, and 'Kachnar' in India and Pakistan.
Bauhinia trees typically reach a height of 6-12 m and their branches spread 3-6 m outwards.
The lobed leaves usually are 10-15 cm across.
The five-petaled flowers are 7.5-12.5 cm diameter, generally in shades of red, pink, purple, orange, or yellow, and are often fragrant.
The tree begins flowering in late winter and often continues to flower into early summer.
Depending on the species, Bauhinia flowers are usually in magenta, mauve, pink or white hues with crimson high lights.
Bauhinia blakeana - Hong Kong Orchid - Hawaiian Orchid Tree
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