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Bougainvillea glabra (unknown selection)

Bougainvillea glabra

Today's photograph is courtesy of David Tarrant, who recently retired from UBC Botanical Garden. This image was taken two months ago in his garden in Mexico. Thank you, David!

Paperflower or bougainvillea, although native to Brazil, is now widespread throughout the tropical and subtropical world due to its popularity as an ornamental plant (it is also grown as a houseplant in temperate climates). As is fairly common when something becomes so widely cultivated, a number of varieties and hybrids exist, so tracking down the name of an unknown cultivated plant can be tricky (hence today's photograph marked as an unknown selection).

The colourful “petals” are actually modified leaves; these large bracts surround the small, whitish flowers that (appropriately) resemble other flowers in the tropical-to-warm-temperate Nyctaginaceae.

Bougainvillea glabra was featured on Cal's Plant of the Week, where the discovery of the plant and associated historical tidbits are mentioned.

9 Comments

Bougainvillea glabra - Z9-11 - A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants, Brickell, Cole, Zuk

i live on the west coast of florida
the sight of this flower on roof tops
and fences and patios is just
a grand sight your pictures have just
been wonderful these past weeks
we arm chair travelers are most
thankful

I live in Australia where these are very common, I particularly like the white ones.

Is there a website for the Bougainvillea Plant.
Re: Care of the plant, when and if it should be pruned etc

A great resource for bougies can be found at bgi-usa.com. They are one of the largest bougie wholesalers in the world and have a lot of great info.

Bougie On!

hi,

Lovely picture!

Not sure if you'll reply this, but I'll take a shot.

Is it ok if I save this picture and use it for my artwork i.e I'd like to paint it? Not for commercial or anything, just for fun.

Oh, nice pic!!!
Can you tell me what is the story of bougainvillea? i really nid to know.
P.S(Thanks alot)

HI THERE
PLEASE IS THERE ANY OTHER COLOURS IN (BOUGAINVILLEA) AS I HAVE JUST BOUGH ONE FOR MY WIFE KIND REGARDS ANTHONY
(The Soulman 51)

I just googled bougainvilleas because they're mentionrd in a book im reading
but..
is there any form/breed (sorry i dont know the botanical word)of this plant that you could keep in a pot or something indoors?
I live in a cold winter climate so im pretty sure they wouldn't survive outdoors.

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