The Bauhinia strychnifolia is well adapted to
the Chiang Mai valley climate and endemic to the lowland forests of Northern
Bauhinia strychnifolia is dressed in sinful Fuchsia-red
robes. She is an endemic vine, unique to the vanishing dry lowland forests
of northern Thailand. Her competitors succumb in fire, while she survives,
making her well adapted to the Chiang Mai valley. However, annual man-made
fires are bad even to her; natural fires would only be every 5-10 years.
Being a native beauty, she is well adapted to the monsoon climate, which is
why care is very easy and the growth is rapid. Although adapted to the
droughts, you can give her water all year round. Her green foliage is quite
appealing, quickly forming a living curtain.
I predict that in a few years, this species will be commonly grown in most
Chiang Mai gardens. Do you want an English name? How about “Princess of
Fire”, alluding to her flaming red flowers, her natural fire-prone habitat,
her period of blossom during the hottest time of the year (+40°C) and to the
similarly hot, red, female devil (Elizabeth Hurley) in the movie