Bauhinia semibifida Roxb.

Etymology Genus After the Swiss botanists, Gaspard and Jean Bauhin
Species Half (Semi) split (bifida); referring to the leaf shape
Family Fabaceae
Synonyms Phanera semibifida (Roxb.) Benth.
Common Names Butterfly Climber, Lapang, Trailing Bauhinia
Status Native: Vulnerable
Form Woody climber
Native Distribution India, Sri Lanka, Indochina, Malesia


Bauhinia semibifida is a liana that can be found in our Central Nature Reserves. It is sun-loving, therefore commonly seen on forest edges, or on top of tree canopies (though the only visible structure will normally be just its woody stem for this case). It can be easily distinguished by the leaf which is shaped like a pair of butterfly's wings.

Interesting Facts:

The variety of the Butterfly Climber found in Singapore is Bauhinia semibifida var. semibifida.

The Butterfly Vine scrambling at the forest edge.

The white-petaled inflorescences.

The leaves consists of two 'wings' like a butterfly.

An underside shot of the leaves.



Author: Jake
Posted: 2013-05-05 / Modified: 2017-12-25