Scientific: Bauhinia lunarioides (syn: B. congesta)
Common: Texas plume, anacacho orchid tree
Family: Fabaceae (Leguminosae)
Origin: West Texas hill country south into northeastern Mexico

Pronounciation: Bow-HEN-ee-a lun-ar-ee-OI-deez

Hardiness zones
10-13, 18-23
USDA 9-11

Landscape Use: Small single or multiple trunk accent tree for xeric and oasis design themes, nice patio tree or large accent shrub for flower border or border background, large container plant, also makes a fairly nice clipped hedge

Form & Character: Rounded, delicate, open, refined, subtropical

Growth Habit: Semi-evergreen, moderate growth rate to 12 to 15 feet with less than equal spread, tends to sprout at base of trunk

Foliage/Texture: Small, alternate, rounded, emarginated leaves, 3/4 to 1 inch long, leaf size increased slightly under cultivated conditions where regular supplemental irrigations are present; medium fine texture.

Flowers & Fruits: Terminal racemes of relatively smallish (compared to other Bauhinia sp.) white or pink orchid like flowers, fragrant; fruit a small flattened bean pod.

Seasonal Color: White to pinkish flowers in early spring, repeat blooms possible.

Temperature: Avoid western exposures having high reflected light conditions.

Light: Partial shade to full sun. Growth habit is more compact if positioned in full sun and more open if positioned in partial shade

Soil: Tolerant of alkaline soils

Watering: Supplemental watering during the summer months helps to improve and sustain canopy density

Pruning: Only minimal pruning to shape is needed. Sometimes in Phoenix it is sheared into a semi-formal hedge.

Propagation: Seed

Disease and pests: None

Additional comments: Anacacho orchid tree is a small, delicate, sparsely canopied flowering tree for desert gardens. The genus Bauhinia contains over 300 species of flowering trees, shrubs and woody vines that are native to warm temperate and tropical regions of the world.