Dwarf White Bauhinia, Bauhinia acuminata
The Dwarf White Bauhinia (Bauhinia acuminata), also commonly known as the White Orchid-tree and Snowy Orchid-tree, is a native species of flowering shrub in the tropical southeastern Asia. It is hard to pinpoint the exact native range due to extensive cultivation, but it is believed to be from Malaysia, Indonesian islands, and the Philippines.
Similar to other Bauhinia species, the leaves are 2 to 6 inches long and broad, double-lobed and shaped like an ox hoof with an apical crevice up to 2 inches deep. The petiole is 0.5 to 1.5 inches long. These fragrant flowers can reach diameter of up to 5 inches in diameter, with five white petals, ten yellow-tipped stamens and a green stigma. The fruit grows as a pod reaching lengths of 3 to 6 inches and widths of only less than an inch. The species is found in deciduous forests and scrub.
In the tropics, this species is widely cultivated as an ornamental plant. It has become naturalized on the Cape York Peninsula, Australia.