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Bauhinia purpurea L.
Purple orchid tree, Butterfly tree

Bauhinia purpurea
Copyright by: Shirley Denton

Family: Fabaceae

Group: Dicot

Substrate: Terrestrial

Habit: Tree

Perennation: Perennial

Native Range: Tropical Asia; widely cultivated and sometimes naturalized elsewhere.

Map of Florida Locations

SOUTH FLORIDA Occurrence: Present

SOUTH FLORIDA Native Status: Not Native, Cultivated Only

SOUTH FLORIDA Cultivated Status: Cultivated

Comments: Although vouchered for Miami-Dade and Broward counties, this species may not be naturalized in South Florida.

Other data on Bauhinia purpurea available from :

Bauhinia purpurea has been found in the following 11 conservation areas :
Occurrence Native Status
Big Cypress National Preserve Assumed to be Present Not Native, Naturalized
Camp Owaissa Bauer Present Not Native, Naturalized
Castellow Hammock Park Present Not Native, Naturalized
Everglades National Park Present Not Native, Naturalized
Hattie Bauer Hammock Present Not Native, Naturalized
Matheson Hammock Park Present Not Native, Naturalized
Pine Jog Environmental Sciences Center Present Not Native, Naturalized
R. Hardy Matheson Preserve Present Not Native, Naturalized
Tree Island Park Recorded as Present in Error
Trinity Pineland Present Not Native, Naturalized
Zoo Miami Present Not Native, Cultivated Only

Bauhinia purpurea has been found in the following county :
Occurrence Native Status
Miami-Dade County Not Native, Cultivated Only

Bauhinia purpurea has been found in the following habitat :
Disturbed Upland

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Bauhinia purpurea
Copyright by: Shirley Denton