Dwarf White Orchid Tree
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Dwarf White Orchid Tree
ative Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Dwarf White orchid tree, Dwarf white bauhinia • Adi: Agok • Bengali: Shwetkanchan • Hindi: सफ़ेद कचनार Safed Kachnar • Manipuri: ꯆꯤꯡꯊ꯭ꯔꯥꯑꯣ ꯑꯉꯧꯕꯥ Chingthrao angouba • Tamil: வெள்ளை மந்தாரை Vellai mandaarai • Malayalam: Mandaaram • Kannada: ಬಿಳಿಮಂದಾರ Bili mandaara, ಬಿಳಿಕಂಚುವಾಳ Bili kanchuvaala • Assamese: Mati-katota • Sanskrit: शिवमल्ली Sivamalli
Botanical name: Bauhinia acuminata    Family: Caesalpiniaceae (Gulmohar family)

The dwarf white bauhinia is native to Asia. This is a perfect little tree for places where you don't want anything wild to take over. It will grow no more than two or three meters, and won't take up much space or get in anyone's way. It really is quite inoffensive. Beautiful white flowers cover this tree in spring and fill the air with a sweet clean fragrance. The white flowers look like snowflakes hanging on the branches. Sometimes it is called Snowy Orchid Tree. The leaves are shaped a little like a cow's hoof.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in Lodhi Garden, Delhi.

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