Bauhinia racemosa Lam. Main specimen
Fabaceae
{ Description | Flower }

The flowers of Bauhinia racemosa are grouped in axillary or terminal racemes. The inflorescence is 8-12 cm long, pubescent and the peduncle is about 1 cm long.
When the bud opens, the calyx split on one side and curved backwards.
The calyx is light green and pubescent outside and glabrous inside.
The corolla is composed of 5 white-coloured and narrow petals. The petals are oblong and recurved, 1 cm long and 1.5 mm wide. They are pubescent outside.
The pedicel of the flowers is pubescent and 2-3 mm long.
The androecium is composed of 10 pilose stamens. The filaments are 5 mm long and pilose at the base. The anthers are 1.5 mm long and pilose.
The pistil is composed of a compressed and 8-9 mm long ovary and a sessile stigma. The style is reduced. The ovary contains numerous ovules.
The buds are falcate, covered with white hairs and about 1-1.2 cm long.
The flowers are fragrant.

Bauhinia racemosa branchlet with inflorescence
Bauhinia racemosa inflorescence
Bauhinia racemosa flower
Bauhinia racemosa flower
Bauhinia racemosa branchlet with flower buds
Bauhinia racemosa flower buds
Bauhinia racemosa flower bud
Bauhinia racemosa inflorescence
Bauhinia racemosa flowers and buds
Bauhinia racemosa in bloom
Date of collection
12/05/2015
Collected by
N.L.I.B.
GPS coordinates
11.99409 N - 79.82362 E
Locality
Pitchandikulam Forest, Auroville, Tamil Nadu, India