Bauhinia variegate

Family: Caesalpiniaceae


Phanera variegata (L.) Benth, Bauhinia alba Wall, Bauhinia candida Aiton, Bauhinia variegata L. var. candida (Aiton) Corner , Bauhinia variegata L. var. chinensis DC.

Family Synonyms

Common Names

Raktakanchan (Bengali), Orchid tree(English), Tulla(Bengali), Kanchan (Bengali).Camel's foot tree(English),Mountain-ebony (English), Butterfly tree (English), Poor man's orchid (English), Kachnar (Hindi)

Local Availability

Commonly planted as an ornamental plant

Worldwide Availability

It is native to South Asia and Southeast Asia, from southern China, Burma, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka

Botanical Description 18

Bauhinia variegata is a moderate sized deciduous tree grows 10-12 meters(33–39 ft) tall and 3-6 meters(10-20 ft) wide with a spreading crown of briefly deciduous leaves which are 4-6 in (10-15 cm) acr

Common Ethnobotanical Use 19

Bark is used for the treatment of skin diseases, scrofula and ulcers. Also used to treat obesity and diarrhea.Decoction of bark is very effective in tonsillitis and thyroid related problems. It is also used as scrapping herb to reduce extra fat in obese people.It is used to relieve painful urination and other infections related to urinary tract. The dried buds are used in the treatment of piles, dysentery, diarrhea and worms. Extract of leaves improves liver functioning and gives wonderful results in jaundice. It's is used to maintain proper metabolism and functioning of liver. Root is used as an antidote to snake poison. Decoction of the root used for dyspepsia.Bitter taste flowers of this miraculous tree are natural blood purifier and help to expel out extra toxins and waste from blood. It is anti-diabetic herb for the suffers of diabetes with good hypoglycemic activities. It is also very effective for the sufferers of hemorrhoids.

Chemical Constituents

Compound Name Compound in Plant Parts Reference
LupeolStem1, 2
beta-sitosterolStem1, 2
RhamnetinRoot Bark4
Kaempferol-3-O-beta-glucopyranoside Aerial; Root Bark1, 3, 4
Vitamin CLeaf1, 8
Heptatriacontan-12,13-di-olLeaf1, 5
3beta-trans-(3,4-dihydroxycinnamoyloxy)olean-12-en-28-oic acidAerial3
(2S)-5,7-dimethoxy-3',4'-methylenedioxyflavanoneRoot Bark4
5,6-dihydro-1,7-dihydroxy-3,4-dimethoxy-2-methyldibenz [b,f]oxepinRoot Bark4
Dotetracont-15-en-9-olLeaf1, 5
Kaempferol 7,4'-dimethyl ether 3-O-beta -D-glucopyranosideAerial; Root Bark3, 4
5-Hydroxy7,3’,4’.5’-tetra-methoxyflavone 5-O-beta-D-xylopyranosyL(1→2)-alpha-L-rhamnopyranosideSeed7
5,7-dimethoxy flavanone 4'-O-alpha-L-rhamnopyranosyl-beta-D-glucopyranosideStem2

Pharmacological Evidence

Plants Parts Extract Type Activity Reference
Petroleum Ether Antibacterial 12
Aqueous; Chloroform Anthelmintic 16
Aqueous Ovarian Cancer 9
Aqueous Prostate Cancer 9
Aqueous Lung Cancer 9
Aqueous Breast Cancer 9
Aqueous Leukemia 9
Ethanol Dalton's Ascites Lymphoma 10
Methanol Antifungal 11
Ethanol Antibacterial 9
Methanol Anthelmintic 15
Leaf; Stem Bark; Flower
Hydromethanol Antibacterial 13
Ethanol; Aqueous Cardioprotective 17
Stem Bark
Ethanol; Aqueous Antidiabetic 14


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