Bauhinia tomentosa (SA Tree List No. 208.1) may grow to 4 m tall in woodland and bushveld. It occurs in KwaZulu-Natal and Limpopo, but more of its habitat lies in Mozambique and tropical east Africa. The bi-lobed leaves have the characteristic Bauhinia shape. In the case of this species the division between the leaf lobes is about halfway up the length of the leaf, carrying a small appendage where the lobes join. The margins are entire, the leaf surface is hairless and smooth. The flower of the yellow bauhinia, as the tree is commonly known, is followed by a slender velvety pod (Coates Palgrave, 2002).