Bauhinia malabarica Roxb.
Roxburgh, W. (1832) Flora Indica (Carey) 2: 321. Type: .. a native of Malabar, in the Botanic Garden at Calcutta.
Lilac Bauhinia; Malabar Bauhinia
Leaf blade bilobed and deeply emarginate at the apex, almost reniform, about 4.5-9 x 6-11 cm. Upper surface of the leaf blade +/- glabrous, lower surface clothed in erect, pale brown or white hairs. About 9-11 major veins radiate from the base of the leaf blade. Leaf bearing twigs pubescent. Stipules small and hairy. Twig bark strong and fibrous when stripped.
Pods flat, about 17-35 x 1.5-2.5 cm. Seeds flat, about 6-8 mm wide.
Cotyledons elliptic, apex obtuse to rounded, strongly 3-5-veined. First pair of leaves simple, bilobed, butterfly-like. At the tenth leaf stage: leaf blade bilobed and emarginate at the apex, with nine veins radiating from the base, glaucous on the underside; stipules small and inconspicuous. Seed germination time 22 to 39 days.