3528.000 Bauhinia L.

Schmidt, E.J.D. (2012) A new species of Bauhinia from southern Mozambique and the reinstatement of Bauhinia macrantha Bothalia 42(1) 44-47

Description of the genus

Shrubs or small trees, sometimes scrambling or climbing. Tendrils 0, but branches sometimes coiling in a tendril-like manner. Leaves alternate, simple, conspicuously 2-lobed. Flowers usually large and showy, bisexual, in short racemes or solitary. Calyx spathaceous. Petals 5, free. Fertile stamens 1-10, sometimes accompanied by staminodes. Stigma capitate or small. Pods oblong-linear, woody, dehiscent. Seeds flat.

Derivation of name: Named, because of the 2-lobed leaves, after 2 Swiss botanists, Jean and Caspar Bauhin.

Worldwide: 300 species, pantropical.

Zimbabwe: 6 taxa.

The larvae of the following species of insect eat species of this genus:
Rhodesia viridalbata (Frosted emerald)
Bauhinia tomentosa

Links to taxa:     View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this genus

SpeciesLinks to mapsFZ divisionsContent
galpinii N.E.Br.N,C,E,SDescription, Image
macrantha Oliv.N,W,CDescription, Image
petersiana BolleN,W,C,EDescription, Image
tomentosa L.N,W,C,E,SDescription, Image
variegata L. var. candida VoigtCDescription, Image
variegata L. var. variegata C,EDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Bauhinia:

Our websites:

Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Bauhinia
Flora of Mozambique: Bauhinia | cultivated Bauhinia
Flora of Zambia: Bauhinia | cultivated Bauhinia

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Bauhinia
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Bauhinia
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Bauhinia
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Bauhinia
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Bauhinia

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-14

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2014). Flora of Zimbabwe: Genus page: Bauhinia.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=689, retrieved 25 October 2014

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