The white or pink blooms which appear in clusters resemble orchids and have long stamens.
The 1/2 to 1 1/2 inch leaves look they are deeply clefted, but they are 2 leaflets. Nice veination.
This is a small tree that is very attractive even when it is not in bloom.
A single bloom after a rainstorm in the middle of July
Anacacho Orchid Tree (Bauhinia lunarioides) bloom cluster which started opening in early March.
Anacacho Orchid Tree (Bauhinia lunarioides) a view of flower clusters which have all the blooms open and flower clusters just beginning to open. (Shown at the beginning of March)
Anacacho Orchid Tree (Bauhinia lunarioides) - a view of the whole plant in order to provide a size perspective. Leaf sze can vary among specimens. (Shown during a severe drought)
Anacacho Orchid Tree
Tucson Botanical Garden, Tucson AZ
early spring, southern CAlifornia
5 year old Anacacho form - 8' tall, 5' circumference, heavy clay (well-drained)
Palm Springs, May