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View USF Tampa Plant Record: Bougainvillea glabra

Scientific Name Bougainvillea glabra
Common Name Bougainvillea
Family Nyctaginaceae
Info "Family Name: Nyctaginaceae Summary: Bougainvilleas are evergreen vines; however, they can be grown as trees and shrubs. Nativity/Habitat: Native to South America, specifically, Brazil. It can also be seen as an ornamental plant in climates with a distinct dry season. In Florida, two species are typically grown: Bougainvillea spectabilis and Bougainvillea glabra. Morphology/Physiology: -Foliage: Has an alternate stem arrangement, simple leaf arrangement, ovate leaf shape, and rotund leaf base. Leaf size ranges between 4-13 cm long and 2-6 cm wide. -Trunk/Branches: Grows to about 12 meters high and has large sharp spines located at the base of each leaf. -Flower: Flowers and bracts typically seen during winter and spring. Bougainvilleas have hermaphroditic flowers that are white, small, and tubular in shape. These flowers are typically seen in clusters of three surrounded by three colorful papery bracts. Coloration of the bracts can be magenta, purple, orange, white, and yellow. These colorful bracts appear all winter -Fruit/Seed: Fruits are densely hairy ribbed pods that are 1-1.5 cm wide. -Roots: Growth Requirements: Bougainvilleas are drought tolerant and can tolerate varying soil conditions. Soil conditions can vary from clayey to sandy and acidic to slightly alkaline. Uses/Fun Facts: Bougainvillea is named after Louis Antoine di Bougainville, the first French navigator to cross the Pacific. Due to bougainvilleaĆ­s thorns, they are sometimes strategically placed on fences as a security feature. Written by Rose O'Donovan"
Found By "Douglas Franz, Angel Aquino"
Date Found 1/22/2013
Native Nonnative
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