Bougainvillea spectabilis

COMMON NAME

Great bougainvillea

TYPE

​Shrub

FAMILY

​Nyctaginaceae

NOTES

Named after Louis de Bougainvillea, a French navigator who came across it in Brazil during the 18th century.  This plant is constantly blooming and the visable hanging bracts are a purple pinkish color. The thorns are larger than the similar B. glabra species with large ovate leaves.  This species is also known to have small hairs on the stems and underside of its leaves.

GEOGRAPHIC REGION

South America - southern, central, eastern and northern Brazil.

NATIVE HABITAT

​Dry tropical, sea level to 3000 ft

WEB SOURCES

wikipedia.org

ctahr.hawaii.edu

florawww.eeb.uconn.edu

creationwiki.org



Bougainvillea spectabilis