Bauhinia petersiana Bolle

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Bauhinia petersiana

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Altar site, Mutare, by rd to Vumba

Bauhinia petersiana

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Rimiti West, by rd to Birchenough Bridge

Bauhinia petersiana

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By Mutare to Birchenough Br. rd, Chinyauwhere CL

Bauhinia petersiana

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Kopje Tops, Mavhuradonha Wilderness Area

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Synonyms: Bauhinia petersiana Bolle subsp. petersiana
Perlebia petersiana (Bolle) A. Schmitz
Common names: Large white bauhinia (English)
Large bush or small tree. Leaves in a characteristic hoof-shape, 2-lobed for more than half the length, normally 7-veined from the base. Flowers in large, showy terminal clusters; petals snow-white, long narrow and usually wrinkled. Stamens and style reddish, long exserted. Pods flattened and woody, splitting explosively when ripe.
Notes: Subspecies macrantha is now treated as a separate species, Bauhinia macrantha.
Derivation of specific name: petersiana: named after Professor Wilhelm Peters (1815-1863) of Berlin who collected in Mozambique in the early 19th century.
Habitat: In a variety of woodland habitats.
Altitude range: Up to 1500 m
Flowering time:Sept - Feb
Worldwide distribution: DRC, Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe
Malawi distribution:
Growth form(s): Tree, shrub over 2 m.
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Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 50 - 51. (Includes a picture).

Brummitt, R.K., Chikuni, A.C., Lock, J.M. & Polhill, R.M. (2007). Leguminosae Subfamily Caesalpinioideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(2) Page 21.

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 119. (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 239. As Bauhinia petersiana (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 8.

Coates Palgrave, K. et al. (1956). Trees of Central Africa National Publications Trust, Salisbury. Pages 70 - 73. (Includes a picture).

Curtis, B.A. & Mannheimer, C.A. (2005). Tree Atlas of Namibia National Botanic Research Institute, Windhoek Pages 212 - 213. (Includes a picture).

Davies, H.F. (Undated). Alphabetical Catalogue of Plants growing in the gardens of Ewanrigg National Park, Arcturus. [Possibly not published (typed only)] Page 5.

Drummond, R.B. (1972). A list of Rhodesian Legumes. Kirkia 8(2) Page 212.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 243.

Drummond, R.B. (1981). Common Trees of the Central Watershed Woodlands of Zimbabwe. Natural Resources Board, Harare. Pages 72 - 73. as Bauhinia petersiana (Includes a picture).

Jacobsen, W.B.G. (1967). The influence of copper content of the soil on trees and shrubs of Molly South Hill, Mangula Kirkia 6(1) Pages 63 - 84.

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 43.

Pickering, H. & Roe, E. (2009). Wild Flowers of the Victoria Falls Area Helen Pickering, London Page 71. (Includes a picture).

Plowes, D.C.H. & Drummond, R.B. (1990). Wild Flowers of Zimbabwe. Revised edition. Longman, Zimbabwe. No. 52, plates 76 & 77

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 62. as Bauhinia petersiana petersiana

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 90.

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Flora of Botswana: Bauhinia petersiana
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Flora of Zambia: Bauhinia petersiana
Flora of Zimbabwe: Bauhinia petersiana
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Bauhinia petersiana

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Wikipedia: Bauhinia petersiana

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Malawi: Species information: Bauhinia petersiana., retrieved 14 June 2024

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