...and possumhaw has nothing to do with possums Common names often reflect an impression...bauhinia have flowers that resemble orchids (though it you've seen a real orchid...not really). Common names often tend to be regional as well. Best to stick with scientific names whenever possible.Bauhinia has got nothing to do with orchids.
I wonder if the common name has more to do with orchid the color that orchid the flower?? Orchid the color is generally thought of...at least here in the US...as somewhere between pink and blue...usually closer to pink. But I can see the species flower's color being referred to as "orchid". The dwarf blue cultivar may have just carried over the common name even though it's too blue to be orchid the color.Sure, apparently this name is used for this species. But I do not see any resemblance. Guess "orchid tree" sells well.
If OP does mean Bauhinia grandidieri than there will be people her that can help him.
There are apparently trees that are called orchid trees but trivial names are local and can refer to a lot of different species. But these are not orchids. Orchids are plants of the family Orchidaceae, none of these is woody.Orchid trees are absolutely a thing. Look it up.
If your point is that an orchid is not the same as an orchid tree, we are in agreement.There are apparently trees that are called orchid trees but trivial names are local and can refer to a lot of different species. But these are not orchids. Orchids are plants of the family Orchidaceae, none of these is woody.
Orchids that are trees? absolutely not a thing. Look it up!
If there is ambiguity in a name, or you don't know what someone is talking about, it's probably best not to make sweeping statements then. Such as "There are a lot of orchid species but none of them is a tree."So orchid tree is not a helpful name outside of the local context.
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