Bauhinia yunnanensis

Bauhinia yunnanensis
Bauhinia yunnanensis

Bauhinia yunnanensis

Habitat:
Part sun to filtered bright light, in fertile, well drained soil. It is deciduous in colder districts. Not recommended in tropical climates because it tends to be a take over merchant. Not so in temperate climates.

Distribution:
South west China including the provinces of Sichuan, Yunnan, and Guizhou.

Flowering/Pruning:
Starting in late October and continuing until frosts arrive, the branches are adorned with wide, pale pink, orchid-like flowers, each highlighted by a purple central streak.  Cut back dead leaders and generally tidy up during Autumn.

Feeding:
Apply well composted material around the base of of the plant and provide foliar feeds during the growing season.

Description:
This is a deciduous vine emerging in late spring, producing long willowy branches. Each branch produces short tendrils designed for climbing, so a trellis or nearby sturdy woody plant would make a great display background.

Background:
The genus Bauhinia was named after Jean Bauhin (1541-1613) and his brother Gaspard Bauhin (1560-1624) by the well reknowned and respected French botanist Plumier after whom the Frangipani genus Plumeria  is named.  Both botanists. Jean became court physician to the German Duke Frederick I of Wurttemberg. He spent much of his time studying botany. His major work was ‘Historia plantarum universalis’, published posthumously in 1650 and 1651. Gaspard, also a physician. His first major botanical work was Phytopinax (1596). When his Pinaxappeared in 1623, it was said to be the result of forty years’ work. In 1658 Jean Gaspard published the first volume, all that was ever published of the intended twelve, of his father’s Theatrum botanicum and made a significant contribution to botany in the field of nomenclature.

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