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Hong Kong Orchid Tree Bauhinia blakeana
2009-04-23 11:22:08

The Hong Kong Orchid Tree (Bauhinia blakeana), is an evergreen tree with a unique endemic flower of Hong Kong. It is categorized in the genus Bauhinia and is even referred to as this name in non-scientific literature. These pinkish purple orchid-like flowers are typically 4 to 6 inches across, and have fragrant blooms from early November to the end of March. The large, thick, double-lobed...

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  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
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