C: Camel Hoof Tree

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C is for the Camel Hoof Tree

Bauhinia variegata is known in Arabic as “Khuff el-Gamal“, or the Camel Hoof. Notice the shape of the leaves resembles a camel’s hoof. Common names in English include Orchid Tree and Mountain Ebony. According to the book The Street Trees of Egypt, “the tree is native of India and China, and is used for food, medicine, dyeing, tanning, gum, and for farm implements.”