Bauhinia vahlii, W. & A.; Fl. Br.,, Bauhinia racemosa , Phanera vahlii , Bauhinia vahlii Wight & Arn.
Kashmir to Sikkim
Seed Collection period
Evergreen, Ornamental, medicinal
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Plant Average Height
Bauhinia vahlii a gigantic evergreen climber; attain a height of 10-30mt, branchlets often terminating in a pari of revolute tendrils; young branches, petioles and leaves beneath, especially along the nerves, densely rusty - or grey-velvety. Leaves very variable in size, often up to 18 inches across, as broad as long or broader, deeply cordate, 11-15 nerved, cleft through about a third of the length, sub-coriaceous, dark-green and glabrescent above, more or less downy beneath; lobes obtuse, rounded; petiole 3-6in. long, stout. Flowers white in terminal corymbs or corymbose racemes; pedicels 1-2.5in.long, slender, with a lanceolate caduceus bract at the base and a pair of small bracteoles above the middle, all densely woolly. Flowers turn yellow when old. They have 3fertile stamens and 7 staminodes. Pod is flat and woody with rusty hairs. Common in the Dehradoon and Saharanpur Forests, especially in moist localities and shady hill-slopes; also in the outer Himalayas, up to 3,000ft.