Common Name: 
Orchid Tree, Mountain Ebony

Some 250-300 species of trees, shrubs and vines.  Leaves alternate, simple, kidney-shaped to bilobed.  Flowers usually in terminal clusters, orchid-like with 5 irregular petals.   Fruit oblong, leathery to woody pod.  Found in the tropics and subtropics in the Old and New World.
Bauhinia: after the brothers Jean Bauhin (1541-1613) and Gaspard Bauhin (1560-1624), physicians and botanists.

Pronunciation: 
ba-HIN-ee-a
Family: 
Fabaceae (Leguminosae)