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