BAUHINIA RACEMOSA Linn.
Hindi—Jhinjeri; Marathi—Apta: Tamil—Vettatthi
In parts of Western India, this tree is known under the name of Apta; it is one of the best known of our wild trees, at least among smokers, for the leaves of this tree are used in Western India as wrappers for the popular bidis or country cigarettes. Flowers are insignificant either on account of their colour or of their size and in general the tree has always a wild look, it trunk being short and crooked. This species of Bauhinia, however, is valued because it grows in poor soils, in open rocky places, and is, therefore, of value for protecting the soil in such open places.