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Anacacho Orchid Trees.
Bauhinia lunarioides ( B. congesta ).

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Anacacho Orchid Tree. Bauhinia lunarioides ( B. congesta );
March 23, 2006 Arrowhead Ranch, Glendale, Arizona.
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Anacacho Orchid Tree.
Bauhinia lunarioides.
( B. congesta ).
Flowers.
Anacacho Orchid Tree.
Bauhinia lunarioides.
( B. congesta ).
Flowers.
Leaves. Anacacho Orchid Tree, Bauhinia lunarioides ( B congesta ). Also Called  Pata de Vaca, Orchid Tree, Bauhinia congesta, Bauhinia jermyana, Casparea congesta, Casparea jermyana. Xeriscape Landscaping Plants For The Arizona Desert Environment. Pictures, Photos, Information, Descriptions, Images, & Reviews. Trees.Seed Pods. Anacacho Orchid Tree, Bauhinia lunarioides ( B congesta ). Also Called  Pata de Vaca, Orchid Tree, Bauhinia congesta, Bauhinia jermyana, Casparea congesta, Casparea jermyana. Xeriscape Landscaping Plants For The Arizona Desert Environment. Pictures, Photos, Information, Descriptions, Images, & Reviews. Trees.
Anacacho Orchid Tree.
Bauhinia lunarioides.
( B. congesta ).
Leaves.
Anacacho Orchid Tree.
Bauhinia lunarioides.
( B. congesta ).
Seed Pods.

Anacacho Orchid Trees.
Bauhinia lunarioides ( B congesta ). Pea Family ( Fabaceae ) Anacacho Orchid Tree. Also Called Pata de Vaca, Orchid Tree, Bauhinia congesta, Bauhinia jermyana, Casparea congesta, Casparea jermyana.

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Semi-evergreen to deciduous tree sometimes placed in the Caesalpiniaceae family.

A small graceful tree which holds its leaves over the winter (during mild winters). In the spring, white to pink orchid - like fragrant flowers cover the tree. Flushes of blooms follow our heavy Summer or Fall rains.

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds.

Anacacho Orchid Tree is moderately fast growing if given regular watering but it is also tough enough to withstand extreme drought.


Quick Notes:

Height: Up To 18 feet tall, 14 - 18 feet spread.

Trunk: 3 to 8 inches in diameter.

Bark: Grayish-brown, thin, smooth or scaly.

Flowers: White to pink orchid - like, very fragrant.

Blooming Time: Late March - April.

Seed Pod: Flat dark brown seedpods.

Seeds: Elliptical flattened shiny dark brown, almost black seeds.

Leaves: Gray - green, butterfly - shaped, leaves with 2 leaflets connected in the middle.

Found: Native to the Anacacho Mountains of Texas. Also found in northeastern Mexico in Coahuila, Nuevo Leon, & Tamaulipas. The USDA claims it is native to the USA (TX).

Elevation: Native below 1,349 feet. Usually about 400 feet.

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Habitat: In its native growth areas it is found in rocky limestone canyons, needs well-drained soils. Xeriscape ornamental in lower elevations in the Phoenix and Tucson areas of Arizona.

Miscellaneous: Photos Taken March 23, 2006 Arrowhead Ranch, Glendale, Arizona. A low water use landscaping plant in the Phoenix and Tucson areas.

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