Blooming in one of Delhi’s green spaces (a residential park at R.K.Puram) is the Yellow Bell/Bauhinia tomentosa. These lemon yellow downward-facing flowers have a dark marking on the throat. The blooms turn into a pale shade of purple before they fall off.
The plants in the park were heavily pruned ( as you can see in the second picture) but they can be either large shrubs or small trees. Other names used for the Yellow Bell are–St. Thomas Tree and Yellow Orchid Tree. These plants are suitable for rockeries, shrub borders, large containers, on patios and next to swimming pools. The roots are not aggressive.
“Bauhinia” is named after herbalist brothers from the 16th century, Johann and Caspar Bauhin. They were identical twins, making it an apt name as the two lobes of the leaves, when folded together are identical.
“Tomentosa” means hairy and it refers to the velvety pods. (Facts taken from http://www.plantzafrica.com/)
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My thanks to the team of TODAY’S FLOWERS: Santilli, Denise, Pupo, and Sandy Carlson.