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Quick description: Small tree that produces pink flowers. Grow in full sun to light shade. Description Additional Information Product Tags Bauhinia monandra, the Pink Orchid Tree or also called the Butterfly Flower, is a tropical shrub or small tree growing up to a height of 20 feet with a spreading habit.
It may be grown indoors with warmth and bright light and kept pruned to a small size. It is fast growing. A native of Burma and naturalized in tropical America. Small, rounded-crowned tree with smooth gray bark.
Leaves are 4 to 6 inches across and cleft almost to the middle, giving the leaf the shape of a hoof print. Their characteristic twin lobed leaves give them a definite tropical look. This very rare variety develops pink orchid-like flowers with red blotches or dots, the uppermost one splotched with deeper red, yellow or yellow-margined. The petals are spreading, each about 2. Blooms in Winter to early Spring. The flowers ares followed by pods maturing in the Fall. Seeds are in pea-like pods, which may be 6 inches to 1 foot long.
Water moderately. Bauhinias should be fertilized at least once a year. Use sandy well drained potting soil. First, you can scarify the seeds, but this is not a must. Sow the seeds cm deep in sandy well drained potting soil, placed in a warm position and kept moist, not soaking wet. Germination should occur within weeks but it can take longer, don't give up. The process can be speeded up by soaking the seed overnight in hot water. They need to be scratched or broken using a knife or sandpaper, in order to germinate.
Chip the seeds with a sharp knife or make a few swipes with a sharp edged file or use sandpaper to allow moisture being more readily absorbed. Add Your Tags:. Bauhinia monandra, the Pink Orchid Tree or also called the Butterfly Flower, is a tropical shrub or small tree growing up to a height of 20 feet with a spreading habit.
Additional Information. Product Tags. You may also like. Bauhinia is easily propagated from seed. Seed coats may be so hard that they are impermeable to water.
Bauhinia Species, Butterfly Flower, Napoleon's Plume, Orchid Tree, Pink Bauhinia
Back Flora 2 7 Description and Ethnobotany Growth Form Small tree, usually reaching about 3 - 7 m tall, sometimes up to 15 m. Trunk Grey and smooth bark, becomes reddish brown when mature. Foliage Butterfly-shaped sub-cordate leaves, simple and alternate arrangement, measuring about 7 - 20 cm and 7 - 20 cm wide, petiole measuring about 2. Flowers 5-petaled flower borne in small, short axillary raceme clusters, petals are pale-pinkish, large and spreading and measuring about 0. Fruits Fruit is a brown, large and flattened pod measuring about 15 - 22 cm long and 2 - 3 cm wide, contains 10 - 20 seeds.
Click on images to enlarge. Thomas tree. Native to Madagascar. In the past the origin of this species was unknown, and it has erroneously been described as originating from south-eastern Asia e. Myanmar and tropical South America. This species is commonly cultivated as a garden and street tree in the tropical regions of Australia. Commonly naturalised in the Cook pastoral district in far northern Queensland e.