Bauhinia finslaysoniana amoena

Bauhinia finlaysoniana (Grah. ex Benth.) Baker var. amoena (de Wit) K. & S.S. Larsen

Morphological description (finsl var am Bauh Reinw f24 )
The indumentum of this variety is reddish brown. Leaves large, broadly ovate, with 5-7 nerves, 8-11 by 6-8.5 cm, those in the inflorescence smaller, ± cordate and often only 3-nerved. Inflorescence corymbose. Hypanthium narrowly tubular or infundibuliform, ± striate, up to 10 mm. Flowers bright red to scarlet. Petals obovate, 2-3 cm including the short claw. Filaments slender, 10-15 mm long.

Malesia: Borneo.

A mountain plant which on Mt Kinabalu reaches 1300 m altitude and on Mt Penrissen (S of Kuching) 1400 m. On the latter locality it grows on sandstone.

Bauhinia hosei Merr. is intermediate between var. amoena and var. leptopus . Larsen & Larsen (1996: 516) have tentatively placed it under synonymy here.