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Pore Leaved Bauhinia   
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Pore Leaved Bauhinia
ative Photo: Dinesh Valke
Common name: Pore Leaved Bauhinia • Marathi: चामोळी chamoli, मोठी चांबुळी moti chambuli
Botanical name: Bauhinia foveolata    Family: Caesalpiniaceae (Gulmohar family)

Pore Leaved Bauhinia is commonly found along the Western Ghats, reaching 25 m in height. The flowers are not very showy, compared to other Bauhinia species. They are white in color, and about a centimeter or so across. However, the leaves are probably the largest among all Bauhinia species found in India. The leaves can be over a foot across. The species name foveolata, is derived from the fact that the underside of the leaves is covered with minute pores (foveoli), each of which has a sort of stopper or plug retained in position by a slender thread coming from the middle of the pore. These pores are somewhat like chained plugs in kitchen sinks.

Identification credit: Dinesh Valke
Photographed at Tungareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary, Maharashtra.
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