The flower of Bauhinia bowkeri emerges from a brown calyx. The flowers have white, crinkly corollas and are scented. Each flower has ten long stamens and an even longer style with a greenish stigma. The flowers grow in clusters of up to six during spring and summer. The long, slender, flat pods that follow bear the seeds late in summer and autumn.
The about 300 species of Bauhinia, growing in many places on earth, have attracted people's attention long ago and became garden plants. The genus was already described by Linnaeus in 1753 (Coates Palgrave, 2002; www.plantzafrica.com).