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HAWAII - CULTIVATED

Bauhinia variegata

WCC, Kane'ohe, Oahu

VARIEGATED ORCHID TREE

Ornamental tree native to SE Asia.  Flowers range from pale purple to pink, yellow, or white.  Has five fertile stamens compared to Bauhinia purpurea's three, flower buds not winged or five-angled, petals obovate.  Leaves die quickly, creating a mess.