Bauhinia petersiana, the Kalahari white bauhinia, is a spreading bush that may scramble, sometimes reaching tree proportions to 7 m tall. It grows in North West and Limpopo in South Africa, as well as in Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana and further to the north as far as Zaire.
There seems to be uncertainty as to the forms and variations of this plant. The flowers are white, somewhat similar to B. bowkeri although the distribution areas are far apart. The leaves have the lobed shape associated with Bauhinia, divided to about half the leaf’s length.
The bark is used to make ropes in Zaire. Some traditional medicinal uses have also been recorded for the plant in several African countries (Coates Palgrave, 2002; www.plantzafrica.com).