Bauhinia



any of numerous trees, shrubs, or vines of the genus Bauhinia, native to warm regions, having two-lobed leaves and showy, usually white, purple, or reddish flowers, widely planted in southern Florida.
Historical Examples

Our encampment was at a creek on the south side of a slight rise, with bauhinia trees, and near good water-holes.
Journal of an Overland Expedition in Australia Ludwig Leichhardt

The bark of bauhinia variegata, is made use of in Scinde and other parts of Asia.
The Commercial Products of the Vegetable Kingdom P. L. Simmonds

On coming back they distribute to each other leaves of the shami tree (bauhinia racemosa) as a substitute for gold.
The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India – Volume IV of IV R.V. Russell

At 11 came south-east and by east over rich level land, grassed with herbage and wooded with box and bauhinia.
Journal of Landsborough’s Expedition from Carpentaria William Landsborough

The mopane-tree (‘bauhinia’) is remarkable for the little shade its leaves afford.
Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa David Livingstone

The daup (bauhinia) is a small, white, semiflosculous flower, with a faint smell.
The History of Sumatra William Marsden

The trees are of a small size, principally box and bauhinia.
Journals of Australian Explorations A C and F T Gregory

Besides cultivating, the Savaras collect bauhinia leaves, and sell them to traders for making leaf platters.
Castes and Tribes of Southern India Edgar Thurston

He makes rough ropes from the malanar plant, and the bark of the kayyūl tree (bauhinia).
Castes and Tribes of Southern India Edgar Thurston

The food is served on platters made of the leaves of the banyan (Ficus bengalensis), Butea frondosa, bauhinia, or plantain.
Castes and Tribes of Southern India Edgar Thurston

noun
any climbing or shrubby leguminous plant of the genus Bauhinia, of tropical and warm regions, widely cultivated for ornament

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