Hooker's Bauhinia

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Bauhinia hookeri

Family : Caesalpiniaceae

The native Bauhinia is a rounded and attractive tree with several distinguishing features. It can grow 5 – 10 metres and spread 3 – 4 metres in width. The foliage has 2 lobes and is folded, resembling butterfly wings. These leaves are pale green and small (approximately 5cm) in comparison to the exotic Bauhinias, many of which are aggressive weeds. The thin and delicate flowers are large and white with red protruding stamens.

Fruits are long pods, which turn brown or grey when ripe. These contain several hard seeds that are released when the pod ripens and splits. Pods ripen during the wet season, so seeds can be carried by water, floating to new locations.

This is a beautiful tree for revegetation and gardens. It is a very adaptable plant and can be pruned to shape.

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Quick Facts

Flowers September to December
Fruit January to March
Coastal Zone Hind Dune
Fauna Habitat Birds, Moths and Bees
Growth Habit Tree
Typical Height 5m - 10m
Soils Most Soils
Amount of Sun Full Sun, Partial Sun or Shade
Amount of Water Dry or Moderately Wet Areas
Salt Tolerance Moderately Tolerant

References

NQ Dry Tropics gratefully acknowledges the contribution of the Coastal Dry Tropics Landcare Group Incorporated (CTDLI) to the development of this page's information.

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