Bauhinia vahlii (PROSEA)
Bauhinia vahlii Wight & Arn.
- Family: Leguminosae
Native to the southern Himalayas of Nepal and India; also in the lowlands of eastern India, and extending to Burma (Tenasserim). Rarely cultivated in South-East Asia, e.g. in Peninsular Malaysia.
The bark is used for tanning hides into leather. The leaves serve as fodder, the seeds are used as a pulse. The stems are used for matting, basketry and wickerwork, and also for medicinal purposes.
A large climber or straggling shrub having abundant tendrils. The bark contains up to 17% tannin. The tannin cannot be extracted easily, but is of very good quality, penetrating hides quickly and producing a light-coloured, soft leather. Plants are fairly easy to grow, and may be a promising source of tanning material.
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