Mountain Ebony
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Mountain Ebony
ntroduced Photo: Ajinkya Gadave
Common name: Mountain Ebony
Botanical name: Bauhinia hookeri    Family: Caesalpiniaceae (Gulmohar family)
Synonyms: Lysiphyllum hookeri

Native to Australia, Mountain Ebony is a rounded shrub or small open tree, up to 5m high, with an irregular habit. Leaves are silver to grey green, held in small delicate pairs up to 2.5 cm across, looking just like hundreds of butterfly wings. Plants are semi-deciduous with most leaves falling immediately before flowering then replaced with the flowers. Plants flower in spring to early summer and dot the canopy with large pure white orchid-like five petal flowers up to 7 cm in diameter, with a number of long spidery brilliant red stamens protruding out.

Identification credit: Ajinkya Gadave Photographed in Maharashtra & Bangalore.

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