Dwarf White Orchid
Southeast Asia - Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines
Bauhinia acuminate is commonly known as Dwarf white orchid and is a Shrub. It grows two to three meters tall. The leaves are bilobed, shaped like an ox hoof & they are 6 to 15 centimeters long and broad. The flowers are fragrant, 8 to 12 centimeters in diameter, with five white petals, ten yellow-tipped stamens and a green stigma. The fruit is a pod 7.5-15cm long. These plants can flower all year round.
Bauhinia acuminate can succeed in full sun to partial shade. They prefer fertile, well-drained but moisture retentive soil and moderate watering.
It is used as an ornamental and hedge plant in the gardening.
Plants with thin leaves need daily watering and ones with thick leaves need watering 3-4 times a week. This will also depend on the season. Generally during the blooming period, plants love a lot of water. Try keeping the soil moist. During winters it is better to cut back on watering.
Keep the plants in a well drained soil with a drainage hole at the bottom. This will help to avoid over watering. Take care as to not leave stagnant water on top of the soil. Fertilise the plant once in 2-3 weeks during its blooming period. Do not fertilise it in winters.
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