Can anyone identify this tree?

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I photographed this tree in Jallianwala Bagh, Amritsar. It was flowering in November, and there were not a lot of leaves on the tree, although the leaves that were there, were green. I don't know if it is an Indian tree, or from somewhere else. Any help in identifying it would be appreciated!

http://www.indiamike.com/photopost/s...hp?photo=18145

I found the same tree in Lodhi Gardens, Delhi, a few days later. There were both pink and white ones there, but I only photographed a pink one:

http://www.indiamike.com/photopost/s...hp?photo=18146

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Good find Peak. I was thinking an orchid, but wasn't sure if there are any that grow into trees. (Or are orchids epiphytes? Getting myself all confused now.)

Anyway from that link and its follow-ups I guess it's not technically an orchid at all, is that right? Can't say I know my plants very well. Nice flowers, that's for sure. Check this as well then: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bauhinia
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Thanks for the replies. There are definitely some similarities between the unknown flower and the Bauhinia purpurea. However, the stamens and style look rather different. In the Bauhinia purpurea there are several long stamens, in the unknown flower they seem to be all joined together to the style. Also the leaves are different in shape and growth habit.
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I suspect that you have some sort of botanical garden in Melbourne and that they would be able to identify this from your photos -- so please let us know what it is when you find out!

I have a friend who works at a botanical garden library here and I will ask him to check, also.
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This is a chorisia tree.It is commonly seen in Lutyens Delhi. I remember a programme on trees by Khushwant Singh where he covered it. Bauhinia has leaves looking like a camels foot.

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Beautiful photo Vireya - the tree reminds me of that orange-reddish flowering tree in Oz the flame tree I think we call it. Wonder if it is related?
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Looks like a cross between a Flame tree & Hibiscus Flower.

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The flame tree is Palash and has a rather heavy and fleshy flower while the hibiscus flower, used extensively by hindus for religious ceremonies has a tree that looks rather like a shrub. Both flame of the forest, and Bauhinia bloom in the summer. I have seen kids collecting Bauhinia flowers to ? Cook them/eat them!!

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Right you are Peak

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Now that's the tree - and in the back of my mind sort of knew it because my sister has one in her garden! It's a beautiful tree indeed.
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... and Milan is the Gen(i)us on this mystery and wins the prize.


BTW - don't know how many times I've seen an unusual tree(flowering or other) in India where upon I interogate the nearest passerby for the name - and 100% of the time no matter how fluent their English is - get the hindi name for it - which 5 minutes later I promptly forget.
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I'm still hunting for a book of plants where both the Hindi name and botanical English names are. Even Indian writers and compilers are using only the latter. It is very difficult to find one. The Hindi name is more useful for me here because this is the way people call their trees. I can't remember the names if someone tells me. I should have paper and pen at the ready at all times to write it down, but it doesn't seem to happen that way!
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Thanks to Milan for identifying the tree first, and to everyone else for your input. I'd never seen the tree before. I did ask a few Indians, but no-one I asked knew any sort of name for it.

So now I know - it is a floss silk tree, Chorisia speciosa, and comes from Argentina and Brazil, so not Indian! And it wouldn't like Melbourne's climate, not tropical enough, unfortunately.

Thanks again, everyone!

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