Mountain Ebony (Bauhinia variegata)

Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Mountain Ebony
Bauhinia variegata
Leguminosae

The bark is a source of tannins. It is used for dyeing[272].

Wood – used for house construction and making household implements[272].

  • Medicinal Use

    The bark is alterative, anthelmintic, astringent and tonic[243, 272]. The juice of the bark is used in the treatment of amoebic dysentery, diarrhoea and other stomach disrders[272]. A paste of the bark is useful in the treatment of cuts and wounds, skin diseases, scrofula and ulcers[243, 272].

    The dried buds are used in the treatment of piles, dysentery, diarrhoea and worms[243].

    The juice of the flowers is used to treat diarrhoea, dysentery and other stomach disorders[272].

    The root is used as an antidote to snake poison[243]. A decoction of the root is used to treat dyspepsia[243].

  • Edible Use

    The young leaves, flowers and fruits are boiled and eaten as a vegetable, or are pickled[272].

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – pre-soak for 12 hours in warm water then sow in mid spring in a greenhouse. When large enough t handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant out in early summer, after the last expected frosts and consider giving some protection from the cold for their first winter or two outdoors. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, with the leaves removed, in moist sand July/August in a frame[200]. Gentle bottom heat is usually required. Layering.
Prefers a fertile, moisture-retentive but well-drained soil, requiring a warm sheltered position in full sun[200, 260]. When grown in warm Temperate zones, this species can withstand short periods of temperatures as low as -5¡c[200]. In Britain, it is only likely to succeed outdoors in the very mildest parts of the country, and even then would probably require the protection of a south-facing wall. There are some cultivars, developed for their ornamental value[200]. 243034
E. Asia – Pakistan to S. China.

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