Phanera scandens (L.) Raf., Sylva Tellur. 122. 1838. Bauhinia scandens L., Sp. Pl. 374. 1753; Bandyop. & al. in J. Econ. Taxon. Bot. 29: 785, t. 13. 2006. Type: Rheede, Hort. Malab. 8: t. 30. 1688 (lectotype!). B. anguina Roxb., (Hort. Bengal. 31. 1814, nom. nud.) Pl. Coromandel 3: 82, t. 285. 1820; Baker in Hook.f., Fl. Brit. India 2: 284. 1878; Prain, Bengal Pl. 441. 1903; Gamble, Fl. Madras 408. 1919; Haines, Bot. Bihar Orissa 311. 1922; Kanjilal & al., Fl. Assam 2: 147. 1938. Type: Roxb., Pl. Coromandel 3: t. 285. 1820. B. piperifolia Roxb., Fl. Ind. 2: 327. 1832. Type: Not known. Lasiobema anguinum (Roxb.) Korth. ex Miq., Fl. Ned. Ind. 1: 71. 1855. L. horsfieldii Miq., Fl. Ned. Ind. 1: 71. 1855. Type: Java, Patjitan, Horsfield s.n., n.v. Bauhinia anguina Roxb. var. horsfieldii (Miq.) Watt ex Prain in J. Asiat. Soc. Bengal, Pt. 2, Nat. Hist. 66: 194. 1897. B. horsfieldii (Miq.) J.F. Macbr. in Contrib. Gray Herb. 3: 23. 1919. Lasiobema scandens (L.) de Wit in Reinwardtia 3: 427. 1956. L. scandens (L.) de Wit var. horsfieldii (Miq.) de Wit in Reinwardtia 3: 427. 1956. Bauhinia scandens L. var. horsfieldii (Miq.) K. Larsen & S.S. Larsen in Nat. Hist. Bull. Siam Soc. 25:16. 1973. B. scandens L. var. anguina (Roxb.) H. Ohashi in J. Jap. Bot. 63: 159. 1988. as per Fascicles 26 of Flora of India (2014);

Dehradun-Mussoorie Tour 2013:: Bauhinia scandens from Botanical Garden FRI.. : Attachments (6). 6 posts by 5 authors.
This interesting Bauhinia was my first sighting, recorded from Botanical Garden of Forest Research Institute, Dehradun.. this was very profusely flowering as well as entangling a tree.. I was lucky to have a flowering twig nearby for an otherwise very high up open inflorescnece..
Wanted to share.. Bauhinia anguina -the monkey’s staircase or the snake climber

New Bauhinia for me and interesting…. specially the 4th picture.

For identification :  10 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (4).
Wood climber leaves are bilobed having gummy exudate


place is Mysore cultivated in house premises by a Malayali they say it  is very useful medicine in many diseases. it is robust woody climber covered large area

Should be Bauhinia scandens

From photo graph and description- (woody) climber, i felt that it is Anamirta cocculus (L.) Wight &Arn.
syn. Menisperma cocculus L.


Bauhinia scandens as suggested by …

The images attached are those of Bauhinia anguina

Bauhinia anguina is synonymous with B. scandens


ANDEC08 Bauhinia scandens : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (6).

FRI Dehra Dun
November 2014

climbing bahunia but with small white flowers


Lalbagh Botanical Gardens Bangalore
Date: 19 FEB 2017 … Altitude: ~ 906 m (2972 ft) asl
Bauhinia scandens L. … (family: Fabaceae) … native   

As per the current usage, the lianas (coupled with some other characters) previously under Bauhinia are now treated under the genus Phanera. Hence you have to call this now as Phanera scandens (L.) Raf.  Reference: Badyopadhyay in P. Singh & Bandyop., Fasc. Fl. India 26: 64. 2014.

Thank you very much … for this update.
Will revise my notes at flickr accordingly.


Phanera scandens (L.) Lour. ex Raf.: 4 images.

Location: Palpa Deurali, Palpa, Nepal 
Date: 30 May 2023
Elevation: 838 m.
Habit : Wild
Syn : Bauhinia scandens L.

Very difficult to tell. Compare with Phanera khasiana too. Just a guess.

It has got no distribution in Nepal !

Then no chance of P. khasiana. Can be P. scandens but without mature stem which are serpentine in shape, and flowers or fruits it is very difficult to confirm the identity.



Fascicles 26 of Flora of India (2014); Catalogue of Life  The Plant List Ver.1.1  ILDIS  NPGS (syn. of Phanera scandens (L.) Raf.)