are one of the great small tree introductions. I think more varieties will become
more familiar. Lynn Lowery was responsible for Bauhinia congesta becoming popular
after collecting some seed in Mexico and on the Texas border. The white form
of congesta became very popular even though pink is probably more normal in
the wild. Bauhinia's appear to be hardier than earlier thought. I suspect that
more varieties will be discovered in Asia and south America.
purpurea next to greenhouses at the University of Texas
Orchid, congesta lunaroides my backyard
macranthera is the best of the best and hard to find.
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