Yellow Orchid Tree
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Yellow Orchid Tree
ntroduced Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Yellow Orchid Tree, St. Thomas Tree, Yellow Bell • Kannada: ಮಂದಾರ Mandaara, ಮಂದಾರ ಹೂ Mandaara Hoo, ಕಾಡುಮಂದಾರ Kaadu mandaara, ವನಸಂಪಿಗೆ Vana sampige, ಆಚಲು Aachalu • Nepali: अमिल टांकि Amil Tanki • Kannada: Mandaara Hoo
Botanical name: Bauhinia tomentosa      Family: Caesalpiniaceae (Gulmohar family)

Pale yellow flowers facing downward. Nice specimen tree for the small yard. The bell-shaped yellow flowers have a black marking in the throat and may turn pinkish with age. Leaves smell like burned rubber when rubbed. This vigorous shrub or small tree is suitable for a mixed border or rockery. Plant in well-drained soil. A food supplement - Kachnar - is made out of this plant as a gargle for sore throats, as a paste for skin diseases, or internally as a remedy for diarrhea.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in India International Centre, Delhi

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