Fabaceae-Caesalpinioideae (Caesalpiniaceae) Week: Bauhinia x blakeana from Delhi

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Gurcharan Singh

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Dec 4, 2011, 1:13:52 PM12/4/11
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Bauhinea x blakeana Dunn, J. Bot. 46:325. 1908

Common name: Hong Kong orchidtree

A possible hybrid  B. variegata × B. purpurea

Evergreen tree up to 13 m tall, leaves 8-10 cm long, 12-18 cm broad,  cleft 1/4-1/3; flowers 12-15 cm across, fragrant, in long racemes, appearing with leaves; petals broad, overlapping, obovate or elliptic, rose-purple with whitish veins; stamens 5; pod not produced. 

Photographed from Herbal Garden, Punjabi Bagh, New Delhi on December 1

The closely similar species can be separated as under:


B. blakeana                                                    B. purpurea                                       B. variegata
Early flowering, Nov-Dec. in Delhi                      Early flowering Oct-Nov. in Delhi         Late flowering, Feb-March in Delhi
Leaves 12-18 cm across, cleft 1/4-1/3                Leaves 10-15 cm across, cleft 1/2      Leaves 10-15 cm across, cleft 1/3
Fls. in long racemes                                         Fls. in short racemes                        Fls. in short racemes
Flowers 12-15 cm across, appear with leaves     Flowers 10-12 cm across, with leaves  Flowers 10-12 cm across, after leaves fall
Petals broad, overlapping,                                 Petals narrow, non-overlapping            Petals broad, overlapping
Petals rose-purple, veins whitish                        Petals pink, whitish in centre              Petals white with purplish veins, upper darker
Stamens 5                                                      Stamens 3                                         Stamens 5  
Pod not produced                                            Pod 12-25 cm long, 2-2.5 cm thick       Pod 15-25 cm long, 1.5-2 cm thick


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Dr. Gurcharan Singh
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Balkar Singh

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Dec 4, 2011, 7:42:51 PM12/4/11
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Thanks Sir for Sharing pics and detailed characters of Bauhinea

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Dr Balkar Singh
Head, Deptt. of Botany and Biotechnology
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prasad dash

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Dec 4, 2011, 11:57:29 PM12/4/11
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Great Catch and very very nice and informative details sir Ji.

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prasad
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Madhuri Raut

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Dec 5, 2011, 8:10:29 AM12/5/11
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Great collection of Bauhinea Gurcharan ji Thanks for sharing
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Satish Phadke

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Dec 7, 2011, 1:11:53 PM12/7/11
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Gurcharan ji
Thanks for enumerating the clear differences.

On Sun, Dec 4, 2011 at 11:43 PM, Gurcharan Singh <sing...@gmail.com> wrote:



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