|Distribution in India (wild)
|| All over in the plains and plateau, except the desert.
||Small tree with thin ascending branches and full leaf cover
|Peak flowering season
|| Bauhinia variegate: spring; after the cold season
Bauhinia purpurea: before winter
|| Bauhinia variegate: Five large petals. The centre petal is differently coloured
Bauhinia purpurea: All petals are of the same colour and shape
|| Pods; long and flat; noticeable differences in the two species.
||Typical camel hoof shaped. Bauhinia variegate: broader.
Bauhinia purpurea: longer
|| Bauhinia variegate: Dark grey with black patches; rough
Bauhinia purpurea: ashy grey, fairly smooth when young