Bauhinia burbidgei

Author: Stapf

Morphological description (see also description of Genus Bauhinia ; Subgenus Phanera and Section Palmatifolia )
Tendrilled liana up to 30 m; young shoots densely reddish brown tomentose, later glabrous, greyish-brown.

Leaves: (burbidgei Bauhinia lv FM10 ) stipules early caducous (not seen); petiole short, stout, 3-7 mm, reddish brown tomentose; lamina oblong to elliptic oblong, 8-18 by 4-6.5 cm, base obtuse to cuneate, apex acuminate with a c. 1 cm long acumen; upper surface glabrous, lower sparsely hairy, particularly on the nerves; nerves 3, prominent, distinctly impressed on upper surface, on the lower connected by several prominent perpendicular cross veins.

Inflorescence lateral and terminal reddish brown corymbs, up to 11 cm long; pedicels 3-4.5 cm; bracts ovate oblong, acute, 10-15 by 5-7 mm; bracteoles narrowly lanceolate, 6-10 by 1-2 mm, inserted about the middle of the pedicel.

Flowers: Buds globose, pubescent, 5-6 mm. Hypanthium narrowly tubular, 12-15 mm, tomentose, striate. Calyx splitting into 2-4 reflexed lobes. Petals orange to red, short-clawed, subequal, obovate, 16-24 by 8-20 mm. Stamens 3 fertile; filaments glabrous, 7-11 mm; anthers 1.5 mm diam, opening by a central pore in each theca; staminodes 3-5, 3-7 mm long. Ovary c. 5 mm, shortly stipitate, reddish-brown hirsute, laterally glabrescent; style c. 5 mm, glabrous at least in upper part; stigma capitate.

Pods strap-shaped, thinly woody-valved, c. 11 by 3 cm.

Seeds unknown.

Malesia: Borneo (Sarawak, Brunei, Sabah).

Hillside evergreen forests.

Vernacular names
Sindabodan (N Borneo); Odok odok (Brunei).