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Bauhinia corymbosa Roxb. ex DC., Prodr. 2: 515. 1825. Bor and Raizada, Some Beaut. Ind. Climb. & Shrubs, 75. 1954; Parker l.c. 181; Ali l.c. 245.

Woody climber, axillary branches modified into circinate tendrils. Leaves compound, 2.5-5 cm long, divided almost upto the base, common midrib very short, provided with a short spur at the apex, lobes rounded, the two leaflets fold together at night. Petiole upto 2.5 cm long, swollen at the base and apex, sometimes covered with brownish hairs. Inflorescence long peduncled raceme or corymb. Flowers fragrant, pedicel upto 2.5 cm long; bract and bracteoles present, hypanthium c. 1.8-1.9 cm long, green in colour, with l0 well marked ribs, covered with brownish hairs. Calyx c. 6-7 mm long, splitting into 5 segments, red. Petals white, with pink nerves, more or less crumpled. Fertile stamens 3, posterior, filaments pink; stami┬Čnodes 5, pink, anterior. Ovary on a. short stipe, red with a short style and globose stigma. Pods 10-13 cm long, 1.7-1.8 cm broad, thin, smooth, dark brown.

Fl. Per.: April-June.

Type: Described from China and India.

Distribution: A native of China, cultivated in gardens as an ornamental shrub.


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