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Bauhinia monandra, Orchid tree, Napoleon's plume

Bauhinia monandra

Orchid tree, Napoleon's plume
Family: Fabaceae
Subfamily: Caesalpinioideae
Origin: Tropical America
Big tree > 20 ftFull sunDry conditionsPink flowersWhite/off-white flowersDeciduousAttracts butterflies, hummingbirdsSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

Nice landscape tree, good shade tree for summer. Bauhinias were named in honor of the brothers Bauhin, Swiss botanists of the 16th-17th century. Their characteristic twin lobed leaves give them a definite tropical look. The species name 'monandra' refers to the fact that they have only one stamen. Sensitive to chlorosis, treat with iron chelate. Although not generally necessary, they can be pruned after flowering. The blossom is spectacular, the tree is covered of flowers looking like orchids. Flower will start out as a pale yellow but turn to pink the next day with the center petal streaked with magenta. Bauhinia monandra is used in Brazil for the treatment of diabetes.

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Bauhinia monandra - Napoleons Plume

Napoleon's Plume Orchid tree - rare spectacular variety...  more

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Bauhinia monandra - seeds

Pink Orchid Tree. Tropical tree to 20' known for lobed...  more
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Bauhinia purpurea, Phanera purpurea, Orchid Tree, Butterfly Tree

Bauhinia purpurea, Phanera purpurea

Orchid Tree, Butterfly Tree
Family: Fabaceae
Subfamily: Caesalpinioideae
Origin: Australia and East Asia
Big tree > 20 ftFull sunDry conditionsPink flowersRed/crimson/vinous flowersDeciduousAttracts butterflies, hummingbirdsSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short timeSeaside, salt tolerant plant

Nice landscape tree, good shade tree for summer. Bauhinias were named in honor of the brothers Bauhin, Swiss botanists of the 16th-17th century. Their characteristic twin lobed leaves give them a definite tropical look. Sensitive to chlorosis, treat with iron chelate. Although not generally necessary, they can be pruned after flowering. Flowers are fragrant.

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Bauhinia purpurea - Purple Orchid tree

Purple Orchid tree, butterfly tree. Vigorous shade...  more

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Bauhinia purpurea - seeds

Orchid tree, butterfly tree. Very easy to germinate,...  more
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Bauhinia tomentosa, Yellow Orchid Tree, Yellow Bell Bauhinia, St. Thomas Tree

Bauhinia tomentosa

Yellow Orchid Tree, Yellow Bell Bauhinia, St. Thomas Tree
Family: Fabaceae
Subfamily: Caesalpinioideae
Origin: East Asia
Can be used for bonsaiLarge shrub 5-10 ftSmall tree 10-20 ftFull sunSemi-shadeDry conditionsWhite/off-white flowersYellow/orange flowersDeciduousSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

Not fussy about soil. Pale yellow flowers facing downward. Nice specimen tree for the small yard. The bell-shaped yellow flowers have a black marking in the throat and may turn pinkish with age. Leaves smell like burned rubber when rubbed. This vigorous shrub or small tree is suitable for a mixed border or rockery. Plant in well-drained soil. Protect young plants from frost. Prune to keep in shape. A food supplement - Kachnar - is made out of this plant as a gargle for sore throats, as a paste for skin diseases, or internally as a remedy for diarrhea.

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Beaucarnea gracilis, Nolina gracilis, Mexican Pony Tail Palm, Sotolin

Beaucarnea gracilis, Nolina gracilis

Mexican Pony Tail Palm, Sotolin
Family: Asparagaceae   (Formerly:Dracaenaceae / Liliaceae / Agavaceae )
Subfamily: Nolinoideae
Origin: Mexico
CaudexSmall tree 10-20 ftFull sunDry conditionsPalm or palm-like

Beaucarnea gracilis, Nolina gracilis, Mexican Pony Tail Palm, Sotolin


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Beaucarnea recurvata, Nolina recurvata, Ponytail Palm, Pony Tail, Bottle Palm, Nolina, Elephant-foot Tree

Beaucarnea recurvata, Nolina recurvata

Ponytail Palm, Pony Tail, Bottle Palm, Nolina, Elephant-foot Tree
Family: Asparagaceae   (Formerly:Dracaenaceae / Liliaceae / Agavaceae)
Subfamily: Nolinoideae
Origin: Mexican highlands, Florida
CaudexCan be used for bonsaiSmall tree 10-20 ftFull sunDry conditionsPalm or palm-like

Palm-like plant. Succulent. The greatly swollen trunk base and the recurving, narrow leaves are certain identification. With age, the trunk eventually develops a few branches. Ponytail can get up to 30' tall, and the base up to 12' across, but houseplants generally remain less than 6 or 8' tall. The plant looks a little like a palm, and a little like a big onion sitting on the ground with a single stalk growing up and sporting a parasol of drooping, strap-like leaves.Plants are dioecious, meaning only female plants will produce seed.

Ponytail makes a large and handsome houseplant, doing well even in rooms with air conditioning as long as it has bright light. It's a good specimen plant for a rock garden in a dry, warm climate.

Closely related species - Beaucarnea guatemalensis.





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Beaucarnea recurvata - Pony Tail

Ponytail palm, Pony Tail, bottle palm, nolina, elephant-foot tree. Palm-looking succulent with greatly swollen trunk base and the curved, narrow leaves. Very cute plants with large caudex. Drought tolerant plant that require very little care if any. Can tolerate some freeze.

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