Bauhinia bowkeri, the keibeesklou in Afrikaans, is an Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal coastal shrub or small tree (SA Tree List No. 208.4). The woody branches arch gracefully in the dense growth. They have grey-brown or pale brown bark with lenticels on the surface.
The leaves are fairly small on long stalks, divided in half along part of the central axis, creating two tips for the rounded shapes. A couple of conspicuous whitish veins arch across each leaf lobe. This leaf shape, characteristic of the Bauhinia genus, is sometimes compared to that of a butterfly (Coates Palgrave, 2002; www.plantzafrica.com).