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Phanera vahlii

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Phanera vahlii
Flower in Ananthagiri Hills, in Ranga Reddy district of Andhra Pradesh, India
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Fabales
Family: Fabaceae
Genus: Phanera
P. vahlii
Binomial name
Phanera vahlii
(Wight & Arn., 1834) Benth.[1]
  • Bauhinia racemosa Vahl
  • Bauhinia vahlii Wight & Arn.
Pods of Phanera vahlii in Mathurapati Fulbari VDC Nepal

Phanera vahlii is a perennial creeper of the family Fabaceae native to the Indian subcontinent. It can grow as much as fifty feet (15 meters) a year. The two-lobed leaves are up to 18 inches (46 centimeters) in length. The stems and petioles are covered with reddish hair (trichomes).[2]

The roasted seeds of this woody climber are edible.[3]

Phanera species have 2–3 fertile stamens.[4]


Phanera vahlii is found from Sikkim and Nepal across India and Himachal Pradesh and Punjab, Pakistan.

Local names[edit]

In Hindi, it is called मालू malu, but also mahul, jallaur and jallur. In Nepali it is called भोर्ला bhorla. In Odia, it is called ; ସିଆଳି Siali, இலை மந்தாரை in Tamil. In Telugu, it is called అడ్డాకు.


  1. ^ Sinou, C.; Forest, F.; Lewis, G. P.; Bruneau, A. (2009). "The genus Bauhinia s.l. (Leguminosae): a phylogeny based on the plastid trnLtrnF region". Botany. 87 (10): 947–960. doi:10.1139/B09-065.
  2. ^ Bor, N.L. D.Sc; Raizada, M.B. (1954). Some Beautiful Indian Climbers. Bombay: Bombay Natural History Society. pp. 74–75.
  3. ^ Khan, M., & Hussain, S. (2014). Diversity of Wild Edible Plants and Flowering Phenology of District Poonch (J&K) in the Northwest Himalyay. Indian Journal Sci. Res 9(1): 32–38.
  4. ^ Wunderlin, R. P. (2010). "Reorganization of the Cercideae (Fabaceae: Caesalpinioideae)" (PDF). Phytoneuron. 48: 1–5.

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