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  Bauhinia tomentosa
  Family: FABACEAE/LEGUMINOSAE (Subfam.: Caesalpinioideae)
  Citation:  Bauhinia tomentosa L., Sp. Pl. 375. 1753; Hook. f., Fl. Brit. India 2: 275. 1878; Gamble, Fl. Pres. Madras 4063(288). 1919; Manilal & Sivar., Fl. Calicut 94. 1982; Mohanan, Fl. Quilon Dist. 160. 1984; Antony, Syst. Stud. Fl. Kottayam Dist. 142. 1989; Sanjappa, Legumes Ind. 6. 1992; Babu, Fl. Malappuram Dist. 214. 1990; Sunil & Sivadasan, Fl. Alappuzha Dist. 249. 2009; Ratheesh Narayanan, Fl. Stud. Wayanad Dist. 331. 2009.
  Malayalam Name(s): Manjamanaram , Kanchanapoovu, Kanjenapoovu, Kanjanam, Kanchanamaram
  Tamil name(s):
  English name(s): St.Thomas tree, Yellow Orchid Tree, Yellow Bell Bauhinia
  Description: A shrub or a small tree. Leaves petiolate, petiole 2.5 cm long, stipule c. 3-5 mm long, lamina 2.5-5 cm long, 4.5-6.5 cm broad, bilobed, lobes rounded at apex, 7-9 nerved at the base, glabrous above, hairy below. Flowers axillary in pairs, sometimes 1-3, each on a pedicel bearing a pair of subulate persistent bracteoles. Bracteole c. 3 mm long. Calyx c. 1.3-1.4 cm long, with 2 teeth at the apex in bud, splitting down on one side when the flower opens. Petals 5, c. 1.8-5 cm long, obovate, not clawed, yellow, conspicuously veined, one with a red blotch on the inner surface. Stamens 10. Ovary stipitate; style c. 1.8-1.9 cm long. Pods dehiscent, 6-10 seeded; stipe 10-12.5 cm long, tomentose or glabrous.
  Habit: Shrub
  Flowering & Fruiting: September-May
  District(s): All Districts
  Medicinal: Yes
  Habitat: Cultivated as ornamental plant
  Distribution: Native of South East Asia
  Aquatic: No
  Epiphyte(s): No
  Saprophyte: No
  Stem parasite: No
  Root parasite: No
  Flower colour(s): Yellow
  Weed: No
  Monocot/Dicot: Dicotyledonous Plants
  Exotic: Yes
  Garden: Yes
  Edible: No
  Vegetable: No
  Endemic to:
  IUCN status:
  Localities: Neerkunnam
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