ID of unknown Thai bauhinia?

maspirasjr(zone 8)May 8, 2006

Does anyone know the identity of this unknown Thai bauhinia? The plant was given by a friend, who in turn grew it from seeds mailed to him by someone from Thailand (the person from Thailand was uncertain as to which Bauhinia sp. it might be).


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daai_tou_laam(Hong Kong)

A google search seems to suggest that most Thai bauhinias are some variety of Bauhinia pottsii. And the images I've found via google do seem to match the leaf.

Does your friend or friend of friend know what colour the blossoms are? If it blooms will you post a follow up photo?

    Bookmark   May 18, 2006 at 12:20AM
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TonyfromOz(z10 NSW Aust)

I don't think it's B. pottsii as that has leaves with blunt lobes. The acuminate lobes on Marcelo's plant are distinctive.

I have spent quite a lot of time in Thailand in the last 18 months and have seen this same bauhinia a number of times in dry, scrubby, mostly deciduous forest in several provinces. Here's a pic of it in Phu Wiang National Park ...

The stem these leaves are attached to is quite amazing, looking like this ...

I saw these same bauhinia stems used in large quantities for decoration at a hill resort south of Nakon Ratchasima. Here is a sample ...

But I have not seen it in flower and still don't know its name! The only species I could find with pointed leaf lobes was B. pulla, but that seems a rather doubtful match.

    Bookmark   May 18, 2006 at 8:24AM
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daai_tou_laam(Hong Kong)

A list of Bauhinia from the Thai Royal Forest Department

tonyfromoz, those photos look a lot like a Bauhinia glabra (monkey ladder), though that's a S. American plant.

    Bookmark   May 23, 2006 at 11:18PM
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maspirasjr(zone 8)

Thanks for the input, Tony and Daai Tou Lam. B. pulla sounds like a good candidate. Tony, your photos are awesome. The first photo is exactly what mine resemble. I wish we could get a confirmative ID for these!


    Bookmark   June 11, 2006 at 10:46AM
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