Bauhinia semibifida stenostachya

Bauhinia semibifida Roxb. var. stenostachya (Baker) K. & S.S. Larsen

Morphological descritpion
Leaves large, 1/4-1/3 bifid, 13-17-nerved, up to 18 cm across; base deeply cordate; upper surface glossy, lower dark brown woolly pubescent, sometimes only on the nerves.

Inflorescence long, narrow, many-flowered racemes, 20-35 cm; pedicel sturdy, up to 4 cm, hairy; bracts narrowly lanceolate, c. 10 mm; bracteoles narrower and smaller.

Flowers: Buds clavate, apiculate, up to 2 cm. Hypanthium 10-13 mm, grooved, silky brown pubescent.

Malesia : Borneo (Sabah, Sarawak).

Primary forests at low altitudes, river banks.

The type is from Sabah; two collections of Clemens from Sarawak are referred to this variety even if they are more glabrous.