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Trees of the year
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PLANT OF THE MONTH: June 2017

Scientific name:Bauhinia tomentosa

Family:Fabaceae

Synonym(s): C. argentea, C. portulacea

Common names:  Yellow Bauhinia, Bush neat’s foot (Eng); Geelbauhinia, Geelbeesklou, Bosbeesklou (Afr); Isithibathibana (Z.)

plantofthemonthmay2017Bauhinia tomentosa (pictures by: The Indigenous Gardener)

 

Bauhinia tomentosa

 

Description: Yellow Bauhinia is a medium shrub or a small tree that can grow up to 4m in height. It is the only yellow-flowered Bauhinia in southern Africa.

Leaves are leathery, light green in color and divided into two lobes.

Flowers are large, bell-shaped, bright yellow with a deep maroon colored center.

Flowering Time: From December to March.

Origin: Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya south to Angola, Zimbabwe, Zambia, S. Africa

Plant uses: The root bark is vermifuge; it is used internally to treat conditions of the large intestine. An infusion of the root bark is used as an external application to treat inflamed glands, abscesses and skin conditions. The stem bark is astringent. It is used as a gargle for the mouth. The flowers are used as a remedy for dysentery and diarrhoea.

Propagation: By seed and cuttings.

 

References 

Pooley, E. 1993. The complete field guide to trees of Zululand and Transkei. The Natal Flora Publications Trust, Durban

 Van Wyk, B. and Gericke, N. 2000. People's Plants: A guide to Useful Plants of Southern Africa.

Van Wyk, B. and van Wyk, P. 2009. Field guide to trees of Southern Africa. Struik Nature Publishers.

 

http://pza.sanbi.org/bauhinia-tomentosa

 

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