Family Name: Caesalpiniaceae

Genus:           Bauhinia

Botanical Name: Bauhinia Acuminata


Sanskrit: Svetakanchanara, Karbudara

Hindi: Kanchanar

English: White Orchid-tree, Dwarf White Bauhinia

Malayalam: Mandaram, Vella mandram, Kongu


White Orchid-tree grows two to three meters tall. Like the other Bauhinia species, the leaves are bilobed, shaped like an ox hoof; they are 6 to 15 centimetres long and broad, with the apical cleft up to 5 cm deep; the petiole is 1.5 to 4 centimeters long. The flowers are fragrant, 8 to 12 centimeters in diameter, with five white petals, ten yellow-tipped stamens and a green stigma. The fruit is a pod 7.5 to 15 centimeters long and 1.5 to 1.8 centimeters broad. The species occurs in deciduous forests and scrub

The bark, flower and root of the White Orchid-tree plant is used for various skin diseases, worms, tumours and diabetes.