Description of the genus
Woody shrubs, often spiny and climbing. Leaves alternate. Flowers small, inconspicuous, enclosed by (usually 3) large showy purple, red, orange or white bracts, the pedicels adnate to the midvein of the
bracts. Perianth: lower part usually green; upper part 5-6-lobed,
rose or yellow. Stamens 5-10. Fruit
Derivation of name: Named after de Bougainville, 1729-1811, French navigator.
Worldwide: 18 species from Central and tropical South America
Zimbabwe: 1 taxon.
Other sources of information about Bougainvillea:
Our websites:Flora of Mozambique
: cultivated BougainvilleaFlora of Zimbabwe
: cultivated Bougainvillea
(electronic Plant Information Center): BougainvilleaFlora Zambesiaca
web site: BougainvilleaGoogle
(Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for BougainvilleaIPNI
(International Plant Names Index): BougainvilleaKew Herbarium catalogue
Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16
Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M.
. Flora of Zimbabwe: Genus page: Bougainvillea.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=544, retrieved 28 October 2016