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Bauhinia blakeana

Bauhinia blakeana
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Copyright: Sowmya Vallabhajosyula (sowmyav82) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 31 W: 0 N: 36] (258)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-12-13
Categories: Flowers
Exposure: f/4.9, 1/320 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-12-13 5:54
Viewed: 3090
Points: 4
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Courtesy Wikipedia:

Bauhinia 'Blakeana' is an evergreen tree, in the genus Bauhinia, with large thick leaves and striking purplish red flowers. The fragrant, orchid-like flowers are usually 10-15 cm across, and bloom from early November to the end of March. This unique endemic flower is special of Hong Kong's ecosystem. It is referred to as bauhinia in non-scientific literature though this is the name of the genus. It is sometimes called Hong Kong orchid tree (香港蘭).

The Bauhinia double-lobed leaf is similar in shape to a heart, or a butterfly. A typical leaf is 7-10 cm long and 10-13 cm broad, with a deep cleft dividing the apex. Local people call the leaf chungmingyip (聰明葉, lit. "clever leaf"), and regard it as a symbol of cleverness. Some people use the leaves to make bookmarks in the hope that it will assist them to study well.

It is usually sterile (does not produce seed), suggesting a hybrid origin, probably between Bauhinia variegata and Bauhinia purpurea[1]. Propagation is by cuttings and air-layering, and the tree prefers a sheltered sunny position with good soil.

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Hello Sowmya,

Excellent close up.
Beautiful colours with fantastic details.
Focus,light and sharpness are splendid.

Hi Sowmya,
I can't help with ID but this is a very beautiful specie! Colors and exposure are natural with good details. I might have tried to compose the picture a little differently by making the sky for example as background which could have been less distractive. Greetings,

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