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Published In: Genera Plantarum 91. 1789. (4 Aug 1789) (Gen. Pl.) Name publication detailView in BotanicusView in Biodiversity Heritage Library

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General/Distribution: A genus of c. 18 species, chiefly in tropical and temperate America; widely cultivated and sometimes naturalized. 2 species are commonly cultivated here, of which several varieties occur.


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Usually climbing or straggling shrubs. Leaves alternate, petiolate, entire. Flowers small, tubular, each inserted on the midrib of each bract. Bracts 3, showy. Perianth tube 5-6-lobed. Stamens 7-8, connate at the base. Style lateral. Anthocarp fusiform, glabrous or pubescent, 5-ribbed.

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1 Spines slightly curved, up to 1 cm long. Involucral bracts acute, magenta coloured Bougainvillea glabra
+ Spines curved, up to 5 cm long. Involucral bracts obtuse, rosy-red to crimson coloured Bougainvillea spectabilis
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