Bauhinia urbaniana Schinz

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Bauhinia urbaniana

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Litoyi, Mongu-Sesheke Road

Bauhinia urbaniana

Photo: Mike Bingham
Western province: Kataba

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Synonyms: Perlebia urbaniana (Schinz) A. Schmitz
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Status: Native
Shrub or small tree, 1-3 m tall, sometimes scrambling up to 5 m. Leaves: petiole 0.3-1.1 cm; lamina 1-4.5 cm from base to tip of the lobes, lobed for a half to two-thirds of its length, glabrous above, pubescent beneath; base cordate. Inflorescences 3-15-flowered, densely crowded and forming leafy panicles. Hypanthium 0.5-1 cm long, tubular, tomentose to villous. Calyx 0.8 - 1.3 cm long. Petals pink, rarely white with ± undulate margins and a short claw. Fertile stamens 5; staminodes united in a strap. Pods 8-14 × 1.7-2.2 cm, dark reddish-brown.
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Habitat: Kalahari woodland.
Flowering time:Apr - Jul
Worldwide distribution: Angola, Namibia, Botswana and Zambia
Botswana distribution: N
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Brummitt, R.K., Chikuni, A.C., Lock, J.M. & Polhill, R.M. (2007). Leguminosae Subfamily Caesalpinioideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(2) Pages 24 - 25.

Curtis, B.A. & Mannheimer, C.A. (2005). Tree Atlas of Namibia National Botanic Research Institute, Windhoek Page 214. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 62.

Timberlake, J.R. & Childes, S.L. (2004). Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area: Technical Reviews Volume Two (Chapter 5-15) Appendix 5-1: Plant Checklist Occasional Publications in Biodiversity 15 Page 208.

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Botswana: Species information: Bauhinia urbaniana., retrieved 30 May 2024

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