Bauhinia x blakeana :: Hooghly, West Bengal

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surajit koley

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Jan 30, 2012, 11:18:51 AM1/30/12
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Dear Friends,

Yesterday, I have had a short chat with Dinesh-ji (in the 'facebook' group 'Indian Flora') over the identification of this Bauhinia sp. He identified it as *Bauhinia x blakeana* or the 'Hong Kong Orchid Tree'. Dinesh-ji also provided me links (given below) of the two earlier 'efloraofindia' posts where Garg Sir and Gurcharan Sir discussed the identity of this plant.

Today, i took some more photos of the same plant that i attach herewith.

Species - Bauhinia x blakeana

Date/Time- 30/01/2012
Location- Nalikul (Hooghly District), West Bengal
Habitat- Garden
Plant Habit- Tree
Height- 40 ft. approx.
Leaves Type/ Shape/ Size- Double lobbed, heart shaped
Inflorescence Type/ Size- In long racemes
Flowers Colour- Rose-purple
Fruits Type/ Shape/ Size Seeds- NA
Other Information like Fragrance, Pollinator, Uses etc.- This plant has been described as ".... a hybrid between Bauhinia variegata and Bauhinia purpurea" (wikipedia)

ID & Info help : I copied text from Wikipedia and earlier posts by Gurucharan Sir and Garg Sir.
The links are -

Thank you and Regards,

Surajit Koley
Bauhinia sp. flower 1.jpg
Bauhinia sp. flower 2.jpg
Bauhinia sp. flower 3.jpg
Bauhinia sp. flower 4.jpg
Bauhinia sp. leaves.jpg
Bauhinia sp. tree.jpg
Bauhinia sp. trunk.jpg

jmgarg1

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Apr 25, 2012, 4:26:45 AM4/25/12
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"Thank you for drawing my attention to the fact that B. blakeana is a sterile plant. I also read, in January, about the sterile flowers of B. blakeana in wikipedia and other websites.
But there is a discussion at - http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/53664/ where someone claims that it bears seedpod. Again there is an image claiming to be seedpod of the same plant - http://www.hear.org/starr/images/image/?q=030702-0067&o=plants
So, if it is not the B. x blakeana then my earlier post (https://groups.google.com/forum/?fromgroups#!searchin/indiantreepix/bauhinia$20x$20blakeana/indiantreepix/2fer1UHmLTI/X2wqPw3W38kJ) should also be some other species, might be B. variegata." from Surjit ji.

 



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surajit koley

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Apr 25, 2012, 11:39:51 AM4/25/12
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Sir,

I think now that this is NOT Bauhinia blakeana. Because, later i witnessed seedpod growing on this tree and i uploaded the same in another post - https://groups.google.com/forum/?fromgroups#!searchin/indiantreepix/seedpod$20-$20bauhinia$20x$20blakeana/indiantreepix/WUz7SIl0pt0/7F1d4il4Sz8J

I confirm hereby that images from both of my posts were recorded from the same tree.

A relevant document is here - http://www.amjbot.org/content/92/3/525.full

Thank you & regards,

Surajit Koley

Gurcharan Singh

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Gurcharan Singh

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Sep 13, 2021, 8:34:02 AMSep 13
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Bauhinia sp. flower 1.jpg
Bauhinia sp. flower 2.jpg
Bauhinia sp. flower 3.jpg
Bauhinia sp. flower 4.jpg
Bauhinia sp. leaves.jpg
Bauhinia sp. tree.jpg
Bauhinia sp. trunk.jpg

surajit koley

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Sep 14, 2021, 11:36:43 AMSep 14
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Yes Sir, this is Bauhinia x blakeana, for it does not produce fruit or seeds.
(I did keep this particular tree under my observation for years.)

Thank you for taking care.

Regards
surajit

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Gurcharan Singh

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Sep 14, 2021, 12:02:50 PMSep 14
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Dear Surajit ji
Then what about your post on April 25, 2012 at 9:09:51 PM, where you talked about seed pods? 




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surajit koley

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Sep 14, 2021, 9:39:21 PMSep 14
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I apologize Sir, for my grave mistake. I entirely forgot the other follow-up thread. It is Bauhinia variegata L..


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surajit
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