Maloo creeper

Maloo creeper

Scientific name: Bauhinia vahlii

Bangla/local name: ‘Sihar Fol’

Taxonomic Position According to Cronquist

 

Kingdom Plantae
Division Magnoliophyta
Class Magnoliopsida
Order Fabales
Family Fabaceae
Genus Phanera
Species vahlii

 Botanical Description

Habit: Perennial climbing shrub

Root: Tap root system

Stem: The woody stems can be 10 – 30 metres long and up to 20cm in diameter. The plant supports itself by means of tendrils.

Flower: Large, white and peach color, hairy, clustered, 5 petals

Fruit: woody with flat dark browm seeds, Pods contains 10 to 12 seeds

Economic Importance: It is harvested from the wild as a local source of food, medicines, fibre and tannins and other materials. It is sometimes cultivated for the fruits

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