Bauhinia kockiana Korth., Verh. Nat. Gesch. Ned. Bezitt., Bot. (1839-42) 87. (1841)
Named after H.M. de Kock [1779-1845], vice governer-general of the Dutch East Indies, and admired by Korthals
as a promotor of science.
Phanera kockiana (Korth.) Benth.
Liana. Leaves alternate to opposite on very thick short petioles, simple, not divided (unlike most Bauhinia), tripliveined, without hairs.
Flowers placed in bundles, large, with five small green sepals, and five large reddish-pink petals and large protruding style.
Fruit a reddish, flat pod, with persistent sepals at base.
Open sites in forest.
Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra, Borneo to Moluccas. Currently distributed across the tropics as an ornamental.
English: Orchid tree, Red trailing bauhinia.