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

The leaves of Bauhinia racemosa grow alternately on the stem (spirally arranged).
The leaf is simple, light green coloured above and paler beneath. The leaf is coriaceous and glabrous on both sides (minute hairs on the the main veins of the lower side).
The leaves have a 2.5-3 cm long petiole.
The leaf of Bauhinia racemosa is 6-8 cm long and 7-9 cm wide.
The leaf is formed of twin leaflets connate about half way. So, the leaf is deeply divided into two lobes sometimes overlapping and making the characteristic "camel foot" shape.
The apex is obtuse, the base is cordate and the margins are entire.
The venation of the leaf is reticulate with 9 prominent veins.

Bauhinia racemosa branchlet
Bauhinia racemosa leaf (upper side)
Bauhinia racemosa leaf (lower side)
Bauhinia racemosa leaf (upper side)
Bauhinia racemosa leaf (lower side)
Bauhinia racemosa branchlet
Bauhinia racemosa foliage
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