What Are Bauhinia Purpurea Plants And Why Are They So Famous?
Description: Bauhinia purpurpurea is a composite species of tropical flowering plant in the bauhinia genus, native to the Indian subcontinent, southwestern region of Thailand, and widespread introductions elsewhere in tropical regions of the world. Commonly known as orchids, they are a family of plants with two distinctive types: the true orchid and the false bauhinia orchid. The true orchid grows in dense forests of the Andes mountains in Peru, Bolivia, elevating about 30 meters above sea level. In the wild, it flowers at the end of June or in July, lasting for three weeks.
False bauhinia can be confused with the true bauhinia but they are not related. The plant forms a rostrum, or flower holder, that separates the flower buds from each other. It appears that the flower heads are held in place by means of a set of stalks. The stalks are short, up to eight inches long, growing in dense groups on the base of a shrub or tree. Flowers appear on the early spring or summer flowers, blooming in May or early June.
hybrids between the true and false species occur naturally in the world's tropical regions. These plants are known collectively as the bauhinia orchids. Most are imported or indigenous throughout the world, especially from Southeast Asia, South America, and the Caribbean Islands. This group of exotic plants has grown so wildly that a few varieties have become extinct. Two of the most-studied and popular among collectors are the bauhinia purpurea and bauhinia hinia.
Both types of plant grow in clusters on woody stems. The leaves are needle-like and are dark green in color. Flower heads appear to be miniature flowers covered with white hairs. The flower heads average about one-half to two inches in diameter.
The name bashing comes from the Latin root word for "bitter apple". This species of plant is native to southeastern India, Sri Lanka, and the islands of the east coast of Thailand, in addition to nearby Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, and Cambodia. Growing conditions vary from tropical to desert conditions. The plant is not dependent on the sun, therefore it can be grown in any location. Because the plant requires so little water, it is ideal for landscapers and people who live in dry, drought areas. In humid climates the plant will produce pink flowers.
The flowers, also called stamens, have a single spur that grows to about four inches. The flowers themselves range in size from a few millimeters to a foot. The flowers open with a trumpet-style appearance. While there are about twenty different species of this plant, only two of them are the pure species.
Because there are only two different species, there is a possibility for cross-contamination between the bauhinia purpurea and other plants. These plants should not be ingested. If contaminated with bauhinia it should be destroyed. Because it has also been discovered that this plant may be resistant to many pesticides, most gardeners will grow it without pesticide. However, spraying it is strongly discouraged.
As with any kind of healthful plant, this plant has many benefits to the grower. It provides the grower with a great deal of color along with the rich, sweet aroma that is associated with its flowers. When grown under the right conditions, this flowering plant will provide colorful flowers year-round. It will also provide relief during the painful blooming period of a disease-causing variety. As with any other exotic variety, this bauhinia purpurea needs a great deal of care to grow. The caretaker should start out by growing it in a very controlled environment until it has fully acclimated itself to its new environment.