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Bauhinia strychnifolia Craib

Family Name: Fabaceae (Leguminosae)
Full Sun Moderate Water Herb or Spice Ornamental Flowers 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 Distribution North Thailand
Native Habitat Terrestrial
Local Conservation Status Exotic (Horticultural / Cultivated Only)

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form A climber, it climbs by means of tendrils and can grow up to 5 m in height.
Foliage The leaves are simple, arranged alternately along the stem and ovate-oblong in shape with a rounded or cordate base. The young leaves are pink, turning green as it matures. 
Flowers Flowers are borne on terminal racemes up to 100 cm long. The flower calyx is pale pink to red, 5 lobed. The petals are obovate in shape and pubescent and range in colour from red to dark red. Each flower has 3 stamens and 1 stigma. 
Ethnobotanical Uses Food (Herb and Spice : A decoction of the leaves is drunk to neutralise the toxins from ingested bad food. )

Landscaping Features

Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Flowers
Landscape Uses Parks & Gardens, Trellis / Arbour / Pergola

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Full Sun
Water Preference Moderate Water
Propagation Method Seed

Floral (Angiosperm)

Flower & Plant Sexuality 1 Bisexual Flowers
Flower Colour(s) Pink, Red
Flower Grouping Cluster / Inflorescence
Flower Location Terminal
Flower Symmetry Bilateral
Inflorescence Type Raceme

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Master ID 32097
Species ID 6503
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Species record last updated on: 16 August 2022.