Bauhinia galpinii N.E.Br.

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Bauhinia galpinii

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Vumba rd near Altar Site, Mutare.

Bauhinia galpinii

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Rimiti West, by rd from Mutare to Birchenough Bridge

Bauhinia galpinii

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Road to Imbeza valley turn-off

Bauhinia galpinii

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La Rochelle, kopje behind hotel

Bauhinia galpinii

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By the lodges, Lake Kyle Recreational Park

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Synonyms: Bauhinia punctata Bolle
Perlebia galpinii (N.E. Br.) Schmitz
Common names: Fomwe (Shona) Mubondo (Shona) Mun'ando (Shona) Pride of the Cape (English) Red bauhinia (English)
Frequency: Locally common
Status: Native
A shrub, often scrambling and climbing into surrounding trees. Leaves simple up to 7 × 7 cm, very broadly ovate but 2-lobed at the apex for about a quarter of the length, 3-5-veined from the base. Flowers deep salmon to brick red, in large clusters near the ends of branches. Pod up to c. 10 cm long, brown when ripe.
Notes: The long lasting flowers make a beautiful display.
Derivation of specific name: galpinii: after E.E. Galpin (1858-1941), a botanical collector
Habitat: In woodland and forest margins, also on termite mounds
Altitude range: (metres) 300 - 1200 m
Flowering time:Nov - Mar
Worldwide distribution: Zimbabwe, Zambia, Mozambique, South Africa and Eswatini
Zimbabwe distribution: N,C,E,S
Growth form(s): Climber, liane, shrub over 2 m.
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Images last updated: Saturday 17 March 2012

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Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 243.

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Schmidt, E., Lötter, M. & McCleland, W. (2002). Trees and shrubs of Mpumalanga and Kruger National Park Jacana, Johannesburg, South Africa Pages 182 - 183. (Includes a picture).

Siebert, S. & Mössmer, M. (Editors) (2002). SABONET Southern Mozambique Expedition 2001; Provisional Plant Checklist of the Maputo Elephant Reserve (MER) and Licuati Forest Reserve (LFR) SABONET News 7(1) Page 24.

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Bauhinia galpinii., retrieved 28 May 2024

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