Bauhinia rufescens Lam., Encycl. 1:391. 1785 ;

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Bauhinia rufescens is a shrub in the family Fabaceae, native to sem-arid areas of Africa such as the Sahel.

It is usually 1–3 meters high but can grow to 8 meters. It appears to have thorns which are actually leafless shoots. Leaves are a deep shade of green. Seeds in bunches of dark brown pods.
It is common in the wild and also used as an ornamental.
(From Wikipedia on 1.6.13)


Bauhinia rufescens, Lam. <=> Kharoub Tree : Attachments (9).  1 post by 1 author.

Bauhinia rufescens is a shrub or small tree usually 1-3 m high, sometimes reaching 8 m; bark ash-grey, smooth, very fibrous and scaly when old; slash pink; twigs arranged in 1 plane like a fishbone, with thornlike, lignified, lateral shoots, 10 cm long.  
Leaves very small, bilobate almost to the base, with semi-circular lobes, glabrous, with long petioles, greyish-green, less than 3 cm long.
Flowers greenish-yellow to white and pale pink, in few-flowered racemes; petals 5, spathulate, 15-20 mm long; stamens 10, filaments hairy at the base.
Fruits aggregated, long, narrow pods, twisted, up to 10 cm long, glabrous, obliquely constricted, shining dark red-brown, with 4-10 seeds each. Pods remain on the shrub for a long time.  
The generic name commemorates Swiss botanists Jean (1541-1613) and Gaspard (1560-1624) Bauhin. The 2 lobes of the leaf exemplify the 2 brothers; ‘rufescens’ means ‘becoming reddish’ 



Bauhinia Species For ID : Lalbagh,Bangalore : 05MAY17 : AK-06 : 5 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (2)
Bauhinia Species seen in Lalbagh with very tiny leaves and green pods.

Bauhinia racemosa or some other Species?

Id please.

i think this is Bauhinia rufescens

Thanks … You have a vast knowledge of plants.

Can you check if it is this one?

Thanks … This is right next to the Bael tree.

… had also suggested the same.
I need to go through all my pictures labelled as Bauhinia racemosa



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