Sectio Lysiphyllum

Author: Benth.

Morphological description
Tendrilled lianas or semiscandent shrubs with tendrils (in Malesia).

Leaves bifoliolate (in Malesia) or entire.

Flowers: Hypanthium tubular or campanulate. Calyx split into 2-3 or 5 lobes; nectariferous disc absent. Stamens 10; anthers opening by longitudinal slits. Ovary with peltate or capitate stigma.

Pods woody, dehiscent or indehiscent.

Seeds with short funicular aril-lobes.

9 species from tropical Africa, S Asia to N Australia; in Malesia: 3 species: Bauhinia binata ; Bauhinia dewitii and Bauhinia diptera .