The pride-of-de-Kaap or vlam-van-die-vlakte (Afrikaans, meaning flame of the plain) is a shrub, sometimes a climber, occasionally a small, spreading tree (SA tree List No. 208.2). It grows in the north-eastern parts of South Africa, Swaziland, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and further afield in tropical Africa.
The common name referring to De Kaap may confuse some as to the whereabouts of this plant in nature: the De Kaap valley is near Nelspruit in Mpumalanga, nothing to do with the Western Cape! The habitat includes various kinds of woodland, thicket, scrub and bushveld, often where there is high rainfall.
The flowers of Bauhinia galpinii have done much to promote the plant among gardeners and pollinators, as illustrated by the one in action here (Coates Palgrave, 2002; www.plantzafrica.com).