Bauhinia hekouensis (Leguminosae Caesalpinioideae) a New Species from Yunnan China
Tu T; Zhang D
Novon: A Journal for Botanical Nomenclature
Bauhinia hekouensis T. Y. Tu & D. X. Zhang (Leguminosae Caesalpinioideae) a narrow endemic from Hekou County Yunnan Province in southwestern China is described and illustrated. The new species can be diagnosed by a combination of characters including tendrilled lianas; bilobed leaves with nine to 11 nerves; terminal racemose inflorescences; spindle-shaped slightly falcate flower buds with acute apices; tubular hypanthium; five freely reflexed sepals during anthesis; and large white flowers with oblanceolate crisped petal blades. The general morphology suggests an affinity of the new species to series Clavatae (de Wit) Wunderlin of section Phanera (Lour.) Wunderlin in Bauhinia L. especially to the species B. coccinea (Lour.) DC. and B. nervosa (Wall. ex Benth.) Baker.