focussing on native and nationally emblematic plant life, yu mayming writes... Everywhere can see Bauhinia in Hong Kong. This shot is I often pass by road side. I rarely seen Bauhinia so lively and pretty.
Bauhinia blakeana is the floral emblem of Hong Kong, and a stylized orchid tree flower appears on the Hong Kong flag.
Bauhinia is also known as Mountain Ebony, Purple Orchid tree or simply Orchid tree, and 'Kachnar' in India and Pakistan. Bauhinia trees typically reach a height of 6-12 m and their branches spread 3-6 m outwards. The lobed leaves usually are 10-15 cm across.