Plant ID forum: Flowers of Africa ?

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Name: Alice
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ardesia
Feb 22, 2017 5:38 AM CST
A good friend just returned from a tours of public gardens in Florida and asked me about this flowering plant. I have no other characteristics like if it is a vine or a shrub or how large the plant was. She has asked for an ID and I am stumped. Any ideas?
Thank You!

Edited to add, she just told me the photo was actually taken on a trip to S. Africa.

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Name: Tofi
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tofitropic
Feb 22, 2017 6:45 AM CST
The orchid tree, Bauhinia purpurea Smiling

edit: flowers petal quite wide, most likely B x blakeana, the hybrids of B purpurea and B variegata. Is there any seed pod? B x blakeana is sterile and won't have seed pod.
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Name: Alice
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ardesia
Feb 22, 2017 6:56 AM CST
Thank you, I'll pass that information on.
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Feb 22, 2017 7:22 PM CST
Orchid Tree (Bauhinia purpurea) is found in South Africa and considered invasive: http://www.invasives.org.za/le...

I googled for Bauhinia of South Africa and found others with white, yellow and red blooms.
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Name: Alice
Ponte Vedra, FL (Zone 9a)
Charter ATP Member Master Gardener: Florida Organic Gardener Enjoys or suffers hot summers Aquaponics Hibiscus
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ardesia
Feb 23, 2017 5:53 AM CST
Thanks Lin, I'll tell her.
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