Swaziland's Alien Plants Database

Bauhinia purpurea L.
FABACEAE
Butterfly orchid tree
Invasive, Minor problem species
Origin: Asia (India, China to Malay peninsula)
Growth Form: Tree
Plant Description: Plant: Tree 6–10 m high; ± evergreen. Leaves: Thick, deeply divided into two lobes, to 100 mm long. Flowers: Pink blotched or striped with red, cream or purple, 80–100 mm wide; petals narrow, to 18 mm wide, and not overlapping, 3 fertile stamens, bud deeply ribbed; flowers with the leaves, April–May (–all year). Fruit: Dark brown pods 100–300 mm long.
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