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  Bauhinia acuminata
 
  Family: FABACEAE/LEGUMINOSAE (Subfam.: Caesalpinioideae)
  Citation:  Bauhinia acuminata L., Sp. Pl. 376. 1753; Hook. f., Fl. Brit. India 2: 276. 1878; Gamble, Fl. Pres. Madras 408(289). 1919; Manilal & Sivar., Fl. Calicut 94. 1982; Mohanan, Fl. Quilon Dist. 160. 1984; Antony, Syst. Stud. Fl. Kottayam Dist. 148. 1989; Babu, Fl. Malappuram Dist. 212. 1990; Sanjappa, Legumes Ind. 2. 1992; M. Mohanan & Henry, Fl. Thiruvanthapuram 163. 1994; Sunil & Sivadasan, Fl. Alappuzha Dist. 248. 2009; Ratheesh Narayanan, Fl. Stud. Wayanad Dist. 317. 2009.
  Malayalam Name(s): Veluthamandaram, Mantharam
  Tamil name(s):
  English name(s): White Bauhinia, Kaa-long, Snowy Orchid
  Description: Shrub, to about 3 m tall; young stems puberulent; stipules linear, puberulent, 1-2 cm long, caducous; leaves subcoriaceous, ovate to subrotund, (3-)7-11(-20) cm long, (3-)6-10(-20) cm wide, bilobed for about 1/3 the length, lobes acute to acuminate or rarely, rounded, the base rounded to subcordate, 7-11-nerved, glabrous above, puberulent, glabrescent, somewhat glaucous beneath; bracts and bracteoles linear; inflorescences lateral, few-flowered, racemose or cymose; flowers about 3.5-6 cm long; buds narrowly ellipsoid with 5 apical teeth about 3 mm long; calyx spathaceous, puberulent, about 3 cm long; petals white, elliptic, obtuse, 3.5-5(-6)cm long, (1.5-)2-3 cm wide; stamens 10, perfect, the filaments connate at the base, otherwise free, 1.5-2.5 cm long, pubescent at the base; anthers 4-7 mm long with puberulent connective; ovary stipitate, subglabrous or lightly puberulent; style glabrous; stigma peltate; fruit linear-oblong, somewhat septate within, 3-11-seeded, 7-15 cm long, 1-2 cm wide with sharp-rimmed, raised margins; seeds about 8-10 mm long, 6 mm wide, compressed, brown.
  Habit: Shrub
  Flowering & Fruiting: Throughout the year
  District(s): All Districts
  Medicinal:
  Habitat: Grown as ornamental plant
  Distribution: Indo-Malesia
  Aquatic: No
  Epiphyte(s): No
  Saprophyte: No
  Stem parasite: No
  Root parasite: No
  Flower colour(s): White
  Weed: No
  Monocot/Dicot: Dicotyledonous Plants
  Exotic: Yes
  Garden: Yes
  Edible: No
  Vegetable: No
  Endemic to:
  IUCN status:
  Altitude:
  Localities: Veeyapuram
   
 
   
 
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