Butterfly tree

SKU: 3294

Description

Common Name: Butterfly tree
Scientific Name: Bauhinia purpurea
Family Name: Fabaceae

Edible Usages:
The leaves can be cooked and eaten as a vegetable. The flower buds and flowers can also be used as a vegetable, but the flower buds are often pickled or used in curries.

Medicinal Usages:
The root is carminative, which means it helps to expel gas from the stomach. The bark, roots and flowers, when mixed with rice-water, are used in poultice form as a maturant.

References:
http://tropical.theferns.info/viewtropical.php?id=Bauhinia+purpurea

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