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.
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"