(14/Apr/2021 ART 3) Is this Bauhinia purpurea?

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Ms. Tamil

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Apr 14, 2021, 7:59:47 AM4/14/21
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Date: 2021/Apr/06
Location: Palani, Dindigul District, Tamil Nadu

Can you please confirm if this tree is Bauhinia purpurea?

Thank you!

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Paradesi Anjaneyulu

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Apr 14, 2021, 8:21:49 AM4/14/21
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Yes it's,
With regards.

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Saroj Kasaju

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Apr 14, 2021, 8:45:05 AM4/14/21
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Agree with Paradesi Ji !
Thank you.

Saroj Kasaju


Rahul Sharma

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Apr 14, 2021, 10:20:25 AM4/14/21
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Bauhinia purpurea it is 

Ms. Tamil

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Apr 15, 2021, 1:18:04 AM4/15/21
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Thank you Paradesi ji, Saroj ji and Rahul ji.

Nancy Seby

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Apr 15, 2021, 1:22:18 AM4/15/21
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Definitely!! And lovely pictures.

Warm regards
Nancy Seby

Ms. Tamil

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Apr 15, 2021, 9:30:01 AM4/15/21
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Thank you, Nancy ji.

-Arvindh

J.M. Garg

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Apr 20, 2021, 12:37:51 PM4/20/21
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It is Bauhinia x blakeana as per images and details herein. 

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Mahadeswara

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Apr 21, 2021, 12:28:35 AM4/21/21
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For final ID check with Trees of Delhi, where a key has been proposed to ID different species of Bauhinia.  Check physically .

Ms. Tamil

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Apr 21, 2021, 10:24:16 AM4/21/21
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Thank you Garg ji and Mahadeswara ji.

Checked with the keys given in the book "Trees of Delhi" for Bauhinia variegata, Bauhinia purpurea and Bauhinia x blakeana.

Flower: The three central petals are not overlapping.  Hence it is not Bauhinia variegata.  I am not experienced, but comparing the photos I had taken earlier with other photos available on the internet, it seems the petals are larger and deeper coloured, indicating Bauhinia x blakeana (and not Bauhinia purpurea). [Images in page 2 of Hybrid Origin of Bauhinia blakeana PDF also give a good comparison of the flowers of the three species.]

Leaves: Upper lobes are not overlapping near the cleft, unlike this picture of Bauhinia purpurea leaf.  Instead, they are clearly set apart.  The leaves are also not longer, and the cleft doesn't run deep (unlike Bauhinia purpurea).  I guess these are the clear keys for Bauhinia x blakeana.

Couldn't check physically right away, but comparing photos closely does point to Bauhinia x blakeana.  Thank you for the correction.

-Arvindh

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M Swamy

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Apr 21, 2021, 11:57:45 PM4/21/21
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That is fine. You got the correct ID.
Great going by Ms. Tamil ji.  You have a good knowledge of plants (taxonomy) .

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