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Red bauhinia, African orchid tree, African plume, Butterfly bush, Dwarf orchid tree, Lowveld bauhinia, Orchid tree, Pride of De Kaap, Red orchid tree.
A shrubby plant that often climbs into surrounding trees and reaches up to 5 m or more in height. Its younger branches are finely hairy while the older stems quickly become hairless. Its broad leaves (2-7 cm long) have two rounded lobes at the tip and are often folded lengthwise. Its orange to dark red flowers have five have five large petals (2.5-5 cm long) with narrow bases and broad rounded tips. Its large elongated pods (8-13 cm long and 18-28 mm wide) turn dark brown in colour as they mature.