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Phanera audax de Wit

Family Name: Fabaceae (Leguminosae)
Synonyms: Bauhinia semibifida var. perkinsae
Full Sun: 6-8h Moderate Water Fragrant Ornamental Flowers Ornamental Foliage Climber, Vine and Liana


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Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Division Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants) (Dicotyledon)
Plant Growth Form Climber, Vine & Liana
Lifespan (in Singapore) Perennial
Mode of Nutrition Autotrophic


Native Habitat Terrestrial

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form A woody vine, it has a twining growth form. 
Foliage The simple leaves are butterfly-shaped with fine brown hairs covering the leaf veins and petiole and are alternately arranged along the stem. The young foliage is pink-orange in colour. 
Flowers The flowers are borne on long racemes and are creamy white in colour and slightly fragrant. 
Fruits The fruit is a pod with a conspicuous drip tip, it turns from green to brown as it matures. 

Landscaping Features

Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Flowers, Ornamental Foliage, Fragrant (Flowers)
Landscape Uses Parks & Gardens, Trellis / Arbour / Pergola
Thematic Landscaping Fragrant / Aromatherapy Garden

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Full Sun
Water Preference Moderate Water


Foliage Retention Evergreen
Mature Foliage Colour(s) Green
Mature Foliage Texture(s) Hairy / Hirsute
Prominent Young Flush Colour(s) Orange
Young Flush Texture(s) Hairy / Hirsute, Raised / Sunken Veins
Foliar Type Simple / Unifoliate
Foliar Attachment to Stem Petiolate
Foliar Shape(s) Non-Palm Foliage
Foliar Margin Entire

Floral (Angiosperm)

Flower & Plant Sexuality 1 Bisexual Flowers
Flower Colour(s) Cream / Off-White
Flower Grouping Cluster / Inflorescence
Inflorescence Type Raceme

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Master ID 30713
Species ID 5026
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Species record last updated on: 20 April 2020.