Common name: Great Bougainvillea • Hindi: Booganbel बूगनबेल • Manipuri: চেরৈ Cherei • Bengali: Baganbilas • Marathi: Booganvel बूगनवेल • Konkani: Bouganvila बुगनविला • Telugu: Kagithala Puvvu కాగితాల పువ్వు
Botanical name: Bougainvillea spectabilis Family: Nyctaginaceae (Bougainvillea family)
Named after Louis de Bougainvillea, a French navigator who came across it in
Brazil during the 18th century, Bougainvillea has gained popularity
all over the world, due to its versatility, richness and suitability
to thrive in degrading environmental conditions.
Great Bougainvillea is a spectacular species of Bougainvillea.
It is a woody perennial vine, with stout spines. Leaves are alternate, simple,
ovate to somewhat elliptic, up to 10 cm long. Flowers arise in leaf axils,
in clusters of threes, each flower with a purple, red, pink, or orange
bract beneath, up to 3-4 cm long. Sepal cup is tubular with 5 sepals, up to 2
cm long, tube the same color as the bracts, with white sepals, 3 mm long.
Real petals are absent. Fruit is an achene, elongate, 5-ribbed.
|Photographed in Munnar, Kerala.