Bauhinia lunarioides [Fabaceae]

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Scientific Name Bauhinia lunarioides USDA PLANTS Symbol
Common Name Anacacho Orchid Tree, Texas Plume ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
Family Fabaceae (Pea) SEINet
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Description Habitat: Rocky limestone canyons.
Plant: Single- or multi-trunked shrub or small tree 6 to 12 feet tall; deciduous.
Leaves: Small, alternate, petiolate light green, deeply cleft to the base into two leaflets 2/3 to 1-inch long.
Inflorescence: Umbel-like tight groups of white or light pink blossoms, each with 5 sepals and 5 petals; 9 or 10 stamens but only one is functional.
Fruit: Flattened pod several cm long with several seeds.
Bloom Period: March to May.
References: Texas A&M University and "Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas" by Correll and Johnston.
Notes: Native only to a few canyons in western central Texas and in adjacent northeastern Mexico. Images taken in Austin from cultivated trees.
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