Today’s Flowers#105/Lemon Yellow

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

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My thanks to the team of TODAY’S FLOWERS: Santilli, Denise, Pupo, and Sandy Carlson.


About Kanak Hagjer

Hello from north-east India! I love to blog about all things floral and foliar and sharing the beauty of my region is what I am most passionate about!
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13 Responses to Today’s Flowers#105/Lemon Yellow

  1. Mildred says:

    Kanak, I love this bloom. That dark spot almost looks like a heart! So interesting that it is named for identical twins. This would be so pretty in a rock garden pruned as a tree I bet. Thanks for sharing and I hope you are having a good day.

    • kanak7 says:

      Mildred, I love the dark spot too. I’ve been reading up the details about this plant and the insects the blooms attract and then the birds to feed on these insects….It was very interesting. My day’s been good. I hope yours is the same.

  2. guild-rez says:

    With great interest I viewed your wonderful flower, insects and bug pictures.
    I love flowers and bugs:)
    I read your detailed information and hope to visit you again.
    Thank you for your visit and comment.
    – Cheers from Canada,

    • kanak7 says:

      Hi Gisela, loved that you stopped by:) Thank you so much! Would love to spend time reading your posts…..and looking at your wonderful photographs.

      Have a great day!

  3. Rose says:

    I love the inverted heart shape on one of the petals.

  4. Rosie says:

    Thats a lovely bloom Kanak – its flower really does look like the flower of a miltonia orchid.

  5. islandgal246 says:

    I have never seen the yellow bauhinia. I will have be on the lookout for some seeds.

  6. luna miranda says:

    a flower with a heart.:p it’s beautiful!

  7. sharmila says:

    hi Kanak ! …. it’s always wonderful to read ur post and discover new flower or bug. i love collecting new flowers n this yellow bell looks fabulous … if u can tell me where in R K Puram u shot it – will be great as i live near the place … would love to get its seeds !!! Thanks *_ *

    • kanak7 says:

      Hi Sharmila, this is at the park attached to the residential complex at Nivedita Kunj. That’s where my cousin lives, at E Block. The entire area has many of these shrubs as well as Queen’s Crepe Myrtle, Jatropha, and several hibiscus shrubs. Good luck:) And thanks for visiting and commenting.

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