Kachnar | Bauhinia variegata

Kachnar is very common fodder tree cultivated in India. The flower buds are used as a vegetable. It is generally propagated by seeds.


Bauhinia variegata is a species of flowering plant in the family Fabaceae.[3] It is native to South Asia and Southeast Asia, from southern China, Burma, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. Common names include orchid tree, camel's foot tree, kachnar and mountain-ebony

Description It is a small to medium-sized tree growing to 10–12 metres (33–39 ft) tall, deciduous in the dry season. The leaves are 10–20 centimetres (3.9–7.9 in) obcordate shaped, long and broad, rounded, and bilobed at the base and apex. The flowers are conspicuous, bright pink or white, 8–12 centimetres (3.1–4.7 in) diameter, with five petals. The fruit is a pod 15–30 centimetres (5.9–11.8 in) long, containing several seeds.

Kachnar | Bauhinia variegata

Nutritive value

Kachnar is palatable to cattle, sheep, goats, etc. Leaves contain about 7.0% DCP, 1.5 Mcal of ME  per kg dry matter. The tannin content is about 1.5%.