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Bougainvillea
09-JAN-2007

Bougainvillea

Bougainvillea is a genus of flowering plants native to the tropical and subtropical regions of South America from Brazil west to Peru and south to southern Argentina (Chubut Province). They are thorny, woody, vines growing anywhere from 1-12 meters tall, scrambling over other plants with their hooked thorns. They are evergreen where rainfall occurs all year, or deciduous if there is a dry season. The leaves are alternate, simple ovate-acuminate, 4-13 cm long and 2-6 cm broad. The actual flower of the plant is small and generally white, but each cluster of three flowers is surrounded by three or six bracts with the bright colors associated with the plant, including pink, magenta, purple, red, orange, white, or yellow. Bougainvillea glabra is sometimes referred to as "paper flower" because the bracts are thin and papery. The fruit is a narrow five-lobed achene. Bougainvilleas are popular ornamental plants in most areas with warm climates, including Australia, the Caribbean, India, Malaysia, the Mediterranean region, South Africa, Taiwan, and the United States in Arizona, California, Florida, Hawaii, and southern Texas.

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Martha Albuquerque10-Jan-2007 11:39
so beautiful Tricia! V
Victoria10-Jan-2007 10:52
I love your description so much, thanks for share
Enny10-Jan-2007 09:52
it's a gorgeous plant, love these grey tints, well done.
Olaf Herrig10-Jan-2007 08:48
A very nice work!
Eric Carrère10-Jan-2007 07:22
Very nice shot Tricia, V.
Joanne Kamo10-Jan-2007 04:34
Cool idea for b&w, like the petal color. V
Marcia Colelli10-Jan-2007 03:13
Love bougainvillea, I like the composition with the single white stamen. Nice idea to turn it to black and white.
Cindi Smith10-Jan-2007 03:12
We have these here too but you have to buy them. The thorns aren't much fun but they are gorgeous plants! Beautiful image, Tricia!