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ORCHID TREE (Phanera purpurea)


It is popularly grown as an ornamental tree in temperate regions all across the world because of the aesthetic appeal of its flowers, leaves and seed pods (which are also edible).

Seeds: Collected March 2015, in Tampa, FL 33604 (Zone 9B) [from the tree pictured over the wooden fence). Plants: Newly sprouted this ’15 Spring, already abou 10″ tall (in June).

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10+ Live Seeds | 100 Live Seeds | 1 Live Plant (2″□ pot) | 1 Live Plant (3.5″□ pot)


Product Description


Seed Planting Depth: 3/4″

Food: The young leaves and flowers of various Bauhinia species are eaten as a side dish with rice, or used to flavour meat and fish. Sometimes the seeds are eaten.

Fodder: In an experiment in Nepal, B.purpurea was found increase milk production in lactating buffaloes. Leaves make good fodder and are greedily eaten by sheep, goats and cattle with protein content estimated at 12.6%.

Fibre: The bark of bauhinia is used to make rope and stems of smaller lianescent species are used for binding. Some bauhinia species are used for binding. Some bauhinia species reputed for their fibre application are used medicinally as well.

Tannin or dyestuff: The bark of various bauhinia species contains considerable amounts of tanninwidely used in leather industry in India. Medicinal uses of bark can be largely attributed to the presence of these tannins. Flavonoids are a
common feature of Bauhinia.

Medicine: Throughout South-East Asia various parts of numerous Bauhinia species are used in poulticing to reduce swelling and bruises, and to ripen ulcerations and boils. Decoctions of various plant parts are taken internally as a febrifugal, antidiarrhoeal and antidysenteric remedy and also it is used as an astringent. In India, the bark is extensively applied in glandular diseases and as a poison antidote while the leaves are administered as cough medicine. The flowers are said to be laxative and used in curries and pickles.

Lipid: The seeds contain high amounts of linolenic and oleic fatty acids (15% of a non-drying oil) and low amounts of myristic and linolenic fatty acids.

Gum or resin: The tree yield edible gum.

Fuel: Used as fuelwood; its calorific value is 4 800 kcal/kg.

Timber: The wood is used for agricultural implements.

Other products: B. purpurea apart from being an ornamental, is well known as the source of Bauhinia purpurea agglutin (BPA), a lectin with an affinity to galactose and lactose, widely applied in biochemical, immunochemical and histochemical studies.

Erosion control: Bauhinia purpurea with a deep root system and high root: shoot ratio may be a suitable species for slope stabilization.

Ornamental: B. purpurea is widely planted as an ornamental tree in parks, gardens and homesteads, and along avenues for its showy fragrant, purple flowers. The weak wood is susceptible to breakage in storms; the abundant seedlings, which may germinate in the landscape; and the litter problem, created by the falling leaves, flowers, and seedpods.

Phanera purpurea Data Links:
Dave’s Garden – Extension – Google Scholar – PubMed – USDA – WikipediaWorld Agroforestry Centre

Plant Germplasm (definition): Any portion of genetic material that can be grown into a live plant. Examples include seeds, stem cuttings (via many methods including air layering), root cuttings, root divisions (multiplication via division), leaf cuttings, leaf fragments (in tissue culture), rooted nodes (vines), “eyes” (offshoots from potato tubers), cacti pieces, etc. The term germplasm can also be used to describe a collection of genetic resources for an organism such as as a seed collection or, for trees, a nursery. EXCLUSIVE: All live plants, bulbs and recalcitrant seeds are regularly inoculated with numerous strains of beneficial symbiotic mycorrhizal fungi & bacteria (listed below) essential for strong healthy plant roots. Generally this is one of the last aspects of horticultural science that gardeners learn about when it should be the first. Beneficial Ectomycorrhiza: Laccaria bicolor, Laccaria laccata, Pisiolithus tinctorius, Rhizopogon amylopogon, Rhizopogon fulvigleba, Rhizopogon luteolus, Rhizopogon roseolus, Rhizopogon subcaerulescens, Rhizopogon villosulus, Rhizopogon vulgaris, Scleroderma cepa, Scleroderma citrinni, Suillus granulatus, Suillus punctatepies Beneficial Endomycorrhiza: Gigaspora brasilianum, Gigaspora margarita, Gigaspora monosporum, Glomus aggregatum, Glomus clarum, Glomus deserticola, Glomus entunicatum, Glomus intraradices, Glomus monosporum, Glomus mosseae Beneficial Tricoderma: Trichoderma harzianum, Trichoderma koningii Beneficial Bacteria: Acidovorax facilis, Azotobacter chroococcum, Azotobacter polymxa, Bacillus azotoformans, Bacillus coagulans, Bacillus licheniformis, Bacillus megaterium, Bacillus pumilus, Bacillus stearothermophilus, Bacillus subtilis, Bacillus thuringiensis, Cellulomonas flavigena, Paenibacillus dorum, Paenibacillus florescence, Paenibacillus gordonae, Paenibacillus polymyxa, Psuedomonas aureofaceans, Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Most of these strains are available in water soluble form in "Myco Madness" (available here at M.S.B.).  MASS SPECTRUM BOTANICALS (Tampa, Florida): Germplasm Factory - Micronursery - Commercial Seed Bank Areas of Intent & Expertise: >Custom heirloom vegetable seed vaults. >Live Plants of a useful nature (exotic fruits, tactical landscaping plants, etc.). >Plant growth hormone regulators (PGR's) and other Plant Biostimulants. >Rare edible perennial jungle plants (green leafy vegetable year round tropical plants). >Drought tolerant edible landscape xeriscaping. >Complimentary Cancer Survival medicinal plants; >Cutting edge skin, weight & diabetes health targeting. >Laboratory-spec seed sprouting, germination & vegetative propagation kits. >Advanced horticultural science. >Ethnobotanical supplies. >Isolated herbal extracts. Pure & technical grade chemicals (powders, salts & crystals). >Tissue Culture laboratory research supplies. >Antibiotics for fish, bird, cat, dog, reptile, horse, marine, swine, chicken &  invertebrate care. >Aquarium, aquaculture, hydroponic, aquaponic & pet terrarium supplies. >Bioremediation / phytoremediation environmental solutions for the natural cleanup of toxic / nuclear waste spill / contamination. >Seeking to Buy / Sell / Trade. Seeking trade partners, suppliers and purchasing agents worldwide.

Additional Information

Weight 8 oz
Dimensions 4 x 2 x 1 cm
Quantities & Prices

10+ Live Seeds, 100 Live Seeds, 1 Live Plant (2″□ pot), 1 Live Plant (3.5″□ pot)

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