Bauhinia, the Hong Kong Orchid Tree

This pretty flower belongs to Bauhinia blakeana, the Hong Kong Orchid Tree. It originated in Hong Kong in 1880 and it’s believed that all cultivated trees descend from just one specimen planted in Hong Kong Botanic Gardens. The main feature on Hong Kong’s regional flag, Bauhinia blakeana is commonly known by its Chinese name of 洋紫荊.

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