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Useful Tropical Plants

Bauhinia madagascariensis

Desv.

Fabaceae

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Common Name:

Bauhinia madagascariensis
Close-up of the flower
Photograph by: George E. Schatz
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Bauhinia madagascariensis Bauhinia madagascariensis

General Information

Bauhinia madagascariensis is a deciduous shrub or tree, usually growing up to 6 metres tall, occasionally to 10 metres. The bole is up to 30cm in diameter, it is usually short and poorly shaped[
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The tree is harvested from the wild for local use of its timber. The plant is sometimes grown as an ornamental, valued for its reddish flowers[
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Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

Africa - southwestern and southern Madagascar.

Habitat

More humid to dry, deciduous woodland and scrub[
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Properties

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HabitDeciduous Tree
Height4.50 m
Cultivation StatusOrnamental, Wild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

The bark is used to make rope[
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We have no specific information on the properties of this wood, but the wood of Bauhinia spp. from Madagascar is generally medium-weight, moderately hard and not durable. It is easy to dry, with moderate shrinkage rates; easy to work; and fairly stable in service. The bole and branches are used as posts and poles in house construction[
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Propagation

Seed -
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