Bauhinia lunarioides      
Chihuahuan orchid shrub  
Fabaceae Family   

Compiled by the Master Gardeners
of the University of Arizona Pima County Cooperative Extension.


Bauhinia lunarioides flower
Bauhinia lunarioides flower


Form: shrub
Seasonality: evergreen
Size: 6-8ft wide, spread 5-6ft
Leaves: 2-lobed leaf looks like butterfly wings; grayish green
Flowers: profuse bloomer pink or white; orchid-shaped; boom in spring and summer, sometimes with rain in fall
Fruit: bean pods
Stems/Trunks: stems woody with age
Range/Origin: Chihuahuan desert, Mexico and western Texas
Hardiness: hardy



Bauhinia lunarioides
Chihuahuan orchid shrub

Research by Master Gardener Barbara Schneidau

leaf close-up seed pod
leaf form and seed pod on Bauhinia lunarioides

Flowers are small but lovely, plant is covered with blooms.
Bushier in full sun.

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