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Camel Hoof Tree

Bauhinia variegata

Description:

Medium-sized deciduous tree. Leaves have two lobes and resemble a camel's foot, hence the Arabic name "khuff el gamal" or "camel hoof" (Photo #2). The flowers are fragrant and come in a range of pinks and some varieties are white (Photo #5). Pods (Photo #4) grow to about 15 - 30 cm long and are flat and until they completely mature and split open. The tree is native to India and China and is used for food, medicine, dyeing, tanning, gum, and farm implements. [The Street Trees of Egypt, Revised Edition]

Habitat:

a common street tree in Ma'adi, Cairo, although not native to Egypt

Notes:

aka Orchid Tree, Mountain Ebony

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4 Comments

maplemoth662
maplemoth662 3 years ago

Three, very pretty, flower photos....

maplemoth662
maplemoth662 3 years ago

Your welcome....

Bernadette S
Bernadette S 3 years ago

Thank you!

maplemoth662
maplemoth662 3 years ago

Photo No. 4: is a very pretty, and a very unusual photo....

Bernadette S
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Bernadette S

القاهرة, محافظة القاهرة, Egypt

Spotted on Mar 13, 2018
Submitted on Mar 16, 2018

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