Bauhinia tomentosa, also known as yellow bauhinia or yellow bell orchid tree, is a species of plant in the family Fabaceae. It is found in South Africa, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Tropical Africa, India, and Sri Lanka.
Bauhinia tomentosa is usually a rambling, many-stemmed shrub or small tree growing 4 - 8 metres tall[
]. The branches are often drooping, with many slender twigs[
The plant is harvested from the wild as a source of food, medicines and dye. It is also sometimes grown as a hedge and as an ornamental plant. Since the root system is not aggressive, it can be planted close to swimming pools, drains or paving