MtLawleyShire’s Buhenia flowers

Buhenia are huge, magnificent trees.  Wide and tall, wonderful beings.  they lose their leaves and flower in Spring, grow leaves and the flowers become long bean-like sed pods that in February spring open explosively, shooting teh seeds far & wide.

A few years ago, I lived on the top floor in a small apartment block – the 3rd floor – and outside the flats was a huge buhenia tree.  A white one.  It was wonderful looking at the flowers at night – it looked like a Japanese painting.

When the seeds were dispersed, all of us in the flats became accustomed to the seeds hitting the balconies and windows.  And they fell into my potplants.  I ended up with a  veritable forest of them – seedlings that continued to grow.  The landlords took most of them (with my permission & thanks) and I was left with two.  I have planted one out the front where the growing conditions aren’t brilliant, but it is growing, slowly.  It has yet to have flowers.

The other is in a pot in my courtyard, and while it hasn’t grown very big, it has in teh last two years, begun flowering.

The other day, when we had a little rain, there were clouds in the east and sunlight in the west – for a moment.  The white of the flowers against that sky was just beautiful:


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and with the bright sunlight on them against a blue sky:


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Just a short post.


9 comments on “MtLawleyShire’s Buhenia flowers

  1. niasunset says:

    I almost forgot, it is summer there, so beautiful. Thanks and Love, nia

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  2. Anne McMullan says:


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  3. Van Ikin says:

    I’d never heard of these before (so it’s possible I’ve seen them without knowing the name). As usual, your photos have done your subjects proud!

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    • yes, you’ve seen them. They’re also known as the orchid tree apparently and come from Hong Kong. Perth is full of them. So is Sydney 🙂 And catching the light at just the right moment really enhaced the flowers 🙂 & thanks!


  4. Neil Rickert says:

    I had never heard of Buhenia. So I looked it up in google, which wondered whether I meant “bohemia”.

    I found Bauhinia natalensis, but that appears to be a shrub and not a tree. I also found an Indonesian page with pictures, but I’m not sure if that is the same thing.

    Then I came across Wikipeetia (“Wikipeetia the misspelled encyclopedia is an amusing parody of Wikipedia”).

    You sent me on an interesting excursion. But I’m still not sure what tree that is.


    • Another spelling seems to be ‘Bohenia’ – they are common in Sydney as well as Perth. Before coming to live here from melboune, I’d never seen one. I’m not sure of the spelling either. I’ve seen it both ways. I’ll see if I can find something for you 🙂

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    • bauhinia – Orchid tree, also alled bohemia tree. So my spelling is at fault. Ypu could look it up on google now 🙂

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