2. Camel’s foot tree (Bauhinia variegata) Kung Fun Yang Tai Gap (宮粉羊蹄甲)
Bauhinia variegata, our Camel's Foot Tree, is a colourful companion to its sister species, B. Blakeana. USRC coffee shop diners can admire its foliage and resilient trunk as they let their eyes rest on the filtered sun-light diffusing through radiant green leaves just beside the coffee-club windows.
Unlike the Hong Kong Orchid Tree, the Camel's Foot Tree prefers to produce its floral display of gently painted pink-on-white flowers in spring. These flowers are often fertile and can yield blackish, bean like, quite long seed pods which hang from branches like a Bauhinia version of "Doug Gok” (long bean).
There is some variation in flower colour with white dominating over rosy-pink and this variation is captured in the scientific name Bauhinia variegata.