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Poor Man's Orchid Tree

Bauhinia variegata


Bauhinia variegata color variation appears within its flowers. The flower contains shades of purple from very light to very dark on the primary petal. The petals overlap. The flowers are conspicuous, bright pink or white, 8–12 centimetres (3.1–4.7 in) diameter, with five petals. Briefly deciduous leaves 4-6" across and rounded with lobed ends and heart shaped bases. The leaves are 10–20 centimetres (3.9–7.9 in) obcordate shaped, long and broad, rounded, and bilobed at the base and apex. The fruit is a pod 15–30 centimetres (5.9–11.8 in) long, containing several seeds. It is a small to medium-sized tree growing to 10–12 metres (33–39 ft) tall, deciduous in the dry season.


In the village of Windwardside, Saba, Caribbean Netherlands. As the name of the town says it is on the windy side of the island :-) and it is elevated 400m.


Gorgeous trees spread all over the village attracted hummingbirds.

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Saba, Caribisch Nederland, Netherlands

Spotted on Jan 16, 2017
Submitted on Jan 16, 2017

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