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Barenakedtx
Houston, TX

July 17, 2007
10:57 PM

Post #3748139

This is the bloom on the unidentified tree, it tags along with my previous thread. If anyone can help me, I would very much appriciate it.

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ecrane3
Dublin, CA
(Zone 9a)

July 17, 2007
10:57 PM

Post #3748143

Some sort of Bauhinia
Barenakedtx
Houston, TX

July 17, 2007
10:58 PM

Post #3748146

I thought that too, but people are really thrown off by the thorns.
ecrane3
Dublin, CA
(Zone 9a)

July 17, 2007
11:00 PM

Post #3748156

There's no doubt in my mind that it's a Bauhinia, I'm not sure which one but I am 100% positive it's a Bauhinia.
Barenakedtx
Houston, TX

July 17, 2007
11:05 PM

Post #3748172

I believe it too. I'm still searching though. I've talked to several plant "experts?" and they tell me it's an orchid of some sort. But I just didn't believe that, so I searched online nurseries and found the Bauhinia. I was amazed to see an exact likeness. BUT...I called the online nursery and they insisted that it did not have thorns. I'm gonna call it a Bauhinia anyway, LOL. Thanks for the help! I needed the second opinion.
ecrane3
Dublin, CA
(Zone 9a)

July 17, 2007
11:08 PM

Post #3748187

I have no idea where the thread was, but I seem to remember a discussion a while back about Bauhinias and some of them do have thorns. I'd never noticed thorns on the ones I have, but some of them apparently do have them. Of course I can't remember which ones! The people who are telling you it's an orchid are probably thinking of its common name "Orchid Tree"
Barenakedtx
Houston, TX

July 17, 2007
11:12 PM

Post #3748193

Yep...It's a Bauhinia spp. also know as an "orchid tree". Thanks once again
Barenakedtx
Houston, TX

July 17, 2007
11:30 PM

Post #3748241

I've also found another web page that shows a picture of the "exact" tree in my yard, and they are not common. Bauhinia rufescens
KTsGarden
Ocean County, NJ
(Zone 7a)

July 20, 2007
3:13 PM

Post #3758595

http://www.floweringtreesociety.org/Bauhinia_index.htm

I SAW YOUR PIC AND HAD TO RESEARCH THIS BEAUTIFUL TREE! HERE IS A GREAT LINK TO LOTS OF PICS OF ALL TYPES OF BAUHUNIAS!
ENJOY!!!

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