SA No. 208.3

Bauhinia petersiana subs. macranta

Koffiebeesklou / Kalahari bauhinia

Family: Fabaceae

Small tree (shrub) with similar lobbed shaped leaves (deeply bi-lobbed for this species), as the other in the Bauhinia family. The large white flowers are fragrant and wrinkly on the edges. Very attractive trees when in flower! Often found in sandy areas like the Kalahari, and sometimes called the Kalaharibeesklou in Afrikaans for this reason. The seeds of these plants were at some stage used as coffee beans, hence the name. When the seeds are ripe, the pod splits open with an explosive action dispersing the seeds some distance away from the tree.


The sweetly scented flowers lure insects and birds


The leaves are browsed by game.


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