Bauhinia racemosa commonly known as the Bidi Leaf Tree (Hindi: कठमूली / झिंझेरी, Marathi: अपटा / सोना / श्वेत-कांचन, Tamil: ஆத்தி atti / தாதகி tataki, Malayalam: അരംപാലി arampaali / കുടബുളി kutabuli / മലയത്തി malayaththi, Telugu: తెల్ల ఆరెచెట్టు tella arecettu, Kannada: ಅಪ್ತಾ / ಅರಳುಕದುಮನ್ದರ, Bengali: banraji, banraj, Konkani: आप्टो apto, Urdu: Gul-e-anehnal and Sanskrit: यमलपत्रक / युग्मपत्र) also known as is a rare medicinal species of flowering shrub with religious significance.
It is native to tropical south eastern Asia. It is a small crooked tree with drooping branches, growing 3–5 metres (10–16 ft) tall and flowers in February to May.
Religious Significance 
In Maharashtrian families it is customary to exchange leaves of the Aapta tree on the Hindu festive day of Dussehra. An act known as exchanging Gold - pointing to the special significance of the plant on that particular day. This is also why the tree is often referred to as Sonpatta (literal translation Leaves of Gold).
Other uses 
The leaves are used in the production of Beedi a thin Indian cigarette.
See also 
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