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Phanera bidentata (Jack) Benth.

Family Name: Fabaceae (Leguminosae)
Synonyms: Bauhinia bidentata
Common Name: Pride of Selangor, Orange Bauhinia
Full Sun: 6-8h Semi-Shade Moderate Water Butterfly Food Plant Ornamental Flowers Climber, Vine and Liana


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Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Growth Form Climber, Vine & Liana


Native Distribution Indonesia, Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra and Thailand. 
Native Habitat Terrestrial

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form A large climber, it climbs with the aid of tendrils. 
Foliage The simple, shallowly bifid leaves are arranged alternately along the stem. The young leaves are red in colour, turning green as it matures. The upper leaf surface is glabrous, the lower leaf surface is covered with a layer of hairs. 
Stems The young branches are tomentose, turning glabrous as it matures. 
Flowers The bisexual flowers are borne on a corymbose inflorescence. The axis and buds are covered with a layer of hairs. The flower petals are yellow turning red as it ages. 
Fruits The fruits are in the form of glabrous pods. 

Landscaping Features

Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Flowers

Fauna, Pollination and Dispersal

Fauna Pollination Dispersal Associated Fauna Butterfly Food Plant

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Semi-Shade, Full Sun
Water Preference Moderate Water


Mature Foliage Colour(s) Green

Floral (Angiosperm)

Flower Colour(s) Yellow / Golden, Orange

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Master ID 27
Species ID 1323
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Species record last updated on: 05 February 2021.